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'Stuff the Bus' Set for Nov. 6 in Macomb

October 25, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The sixth annual "Helping Hands Across America Stuff the Bus 2013" food drive will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6 on Western Illinois University's campus and in Macomb from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Sodexo Dining Services and Go West Transit.

Since 2008, the food drive has collected more than 75,000 pounds of food, which is then returned to local food pantries. This year's organizations benefitting from the drive include Loaves and Fishes Etc., the RA Council Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner, the Black Student Association's Project Turkey Basket and the Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency.

More than 400 volunteers have already signed up to help collect, sort and pack the food. The program is now seeking donations of food and money.

On Nov. 6, donation locations will be set up at the entrances of the Macomb Walmart, Hy-Vee, County Market and Jackson Street Market stores, in downtown Macomb and on campus at Sherman Circle. Walmart, Hy-Vee and the Jackson Street Market will have "Helping Hands Bags" of food for purchase or bags signifying a monetary donation can also be selected.

Hours for the collection points are:
• Walmart - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Hy-Vee – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• County Market – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Sherman Circle - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Jackson Street Market - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A team will also be pushing a shopping cart around to campus buildings to collect donations.

For more information, contact Eva Galbraith at or call (309) 298-1982.

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