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Stuff the Bus this weekend to help feed hungry Lodi residents

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:56 am, Tue Nov 13, 2012.

Ever wonder how many frozen turkeys, cans of creamed corn and boxes of stuffing it takes to fill an entire bus?

The city of Lodi will give residents the opportunity to find out the answer at the annual Stuff the Bus event held in the Food-4-Less parking lot Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The bus will be parked in front of Food-4-Less at Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road, and as people walk into the store, they will be handed a list of non-perishable food they can purchase or supply from home if they wish to make a donation.

All of the food collected at the Lodi bus will go to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Lodi to be passed out to needy families for the holidays.

"Area food banks serve nutritious food to hundreds of people daily, and over 100,000 men, women and children annually in San Joaquin County," a city news release stated.

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District started the drive 12 years ago in Stockton. It recruited Lodi and Manteca to participate for the first time in 2010, and the city teamed up with MV Transportation, the contractor in charge of the GrapeLine buses.

On Friday, there will also be DJ broadcasts from KWIN at all of the Stuff the Bus events throughout the county.

Items the food drive is looking for include:

  • Frozen turkeys, hams and chicken.
  • Pasta and macaroni and cheese.
  • Boxed mashed potatoes or stuffing.
  • Canned fruits and vegetables.
  • Canned meat, fish or chicken.
  • Canned cranberry sauce.
  • Canned soups or chicken broth.
  • Cereal products.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Any other non-perishable item you can contribute.

Volunteers will be collecting the donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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