Help Stuff A Bus and drive out hunger in Waterloo Region

Grand River Transit and Cambridge Food Bank staff

Written by: Teresa Chiavaroli, Region of Waterloo Transit Services

Help tackle food insecurity this fall with food donations during the 2021 Stuff a Bus campaign.

On Friday, November 26, you can help Grand River Transit (GRT) and partners stuff buses with food and fill the shelves of our local food banks.

“Hunger can happen to anyone at anytime. With the rising cost of living, steadily rising cost of food and the added burden of the pandemic, people are accessing food banks more than ever,” said Wendi Campbell, CEO of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. “More than 34,000 people in our community, 35% of which are children, are accessing emergency food assistance in our community and events like Stuff A Bus help to ensure no matter where you live, you have access to food when and where you need it.”

GRT buses will be parked and accepting donations at two Zehrs locations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 26:

  • 400 Conestoga Blvd., Cambridge (by Cambridge Centre Mall)
  • 750 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener (Laurentian Mall)

Most needed items include: individually packaged snacks (granola bars, apple sauce, pudding cups), dry beans, juice boxes, canned fruit and rice. Cambridge Food Bank is also looking for canned meat and fish, cereal, peanut butter and other spreads. Fresh produce that does not require refrigeration is also encouraged, such as apples, potatoes and carrots. See an up-to-date list of most needed items.

Financial donations are also important as both organizations can stretch the impact of $1 by providing three healthy meals. Donate today!

“This time of year is so important because it’s when we receive most of our funds to help not only support people and families through the holiday season, but also into next year,” said Sarah Tooze, donor development manager with the Cambridge Food Bank.

For more than 20 years, GRT has operated the annual Stuff a Bus food drive in partnership with Bell Media, Cambridge Food Bank and The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Thank you to our partners and the community for your continued generosity and for helping drive out hunger in Waterloo Region.