Students at Williams Field High School in Gilbert are in the midst of an important competition that takes place off the athletic fields. Each grade level at the school is trying to collect the most non-perishable food items to literally “Stuff the Bus” for the people in need who are served by Mesa-based United Food Bank. The winning class receives the honor of riding in a secondary bus to the food bank to help unload the Stuff the Bus donations and tour the warehouse.
This year’s drive runs goes through Nov. 20. Think about how much food can be packed into a traditional school bus. By the end of this year’s drive, the school expects to fill the bus from the floor to the ceiling, helping United Food Bank stock its warehouse shelves heading into the holidays. Through their previous drives, the school has collected a total of nearly 65,000 pounds (32.5 tons) of food that is equivalent to more than 55,300 meals.
“We are so honored to be part of this amazing cause. It’s a great opportunity for our family at Williams Field to give back to the community.” said Steve Tannenbaum, principal, Williams Field High School.”
The bus-load of nonperishable foods will arrive at United Food Bank at a crucial time, helping to stock warehouse shelves heading into the holiday season, when meals are a key part of family traditions.
“It’s really neat to see the enthusiasm these high school students bring to this effort to help those in need throughout our community,” said Dave Richins, United Food Bank CEO. “And the timing is wonderful, helping to fill our shelves heading into the holidays. It makes a real impact in the lives of the people we serve.”