For a couple of weeks in the fall, the Loveland Schools Transportation Department led a fundraising initiative to stuff a school bus with fun, healthy and kid-friendly foods for children in need throughout the community.
“The response by our amazing Loveland families and businesses was overwhelming,” said Linda Bergholz, L.I.F.E. Food Pantry director. “When the bus pulled into the parking lot and we saw it was packed from floor to ceiling, it brought us all to tears.”
The attempt to fill another bus serves a very special purpose: to stock up the pantry for the summer. Summer break from school means a critical gap for those in need, since they often access food through programs at school.
This time, the school bus drivers will have help from Girl Scout Troop 42881 that has made Stuff-a-Bus its spring community service project. The girl scouts will assist in a variety of ways by promoting the fundraiser, helping sort food and checking expiration dates once the donations are delivered to the food pantry on May 4.
Donations for Stuff-a-Bus will be accepted Monday, April 22 through Friday, May 3, and can be sent in with students or dropped off at any campus office. Please see a list of suggested items attached below.
Photo Caption: Lisa Moorhead (Simpson), on the right, and her daughter Michele Winter, both Loveland school bus drivers, led the Stuff-a-Bus initiative in the fall. They are now bringing the fundraiser back to help stock the food pantry for the summer.