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Third annual MVTA Stuff the Bus event stocks food shelves

Post Date:11/16/2018 4:00 pm

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Schmitty & Sons transit company are asking Shakopee residents to donate food and cash to help people in need this holiday season.

The third annual fundraiser will stop at the Shakopee Cub Foods on Dec. 8 -9 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. A collection barrel also will be located inside Burnsville Transit Station and at Prior Lake City Hall. MVTA riders and the public are encouraged to drop off nonperishable food items and cash donations. Cash donations will be placed inside the bus fare box.

All contributions and proceeds will benefit the 360 Communities and CAP Agency food shelves in the two counties.

The past two charitable drives collected about 2 tons of donations. Organizers are optimistic this year’s campaign will exceed that total. Highest of need items at local food shelves are nonperishable and include: canned fish and meat, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, rice and pasta, and cooking/baking items.

“A lot of hard work, planning and goodwill goes into this event and it gets better every year,” said MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder. “It is truly inspiring how many people participate to help Minnesotans. The generosity and community spirit are what make the holidays so special. We are excited to partner with Schmitty & Sons transit company, as well as Cub Foods and Hy-Vee, on this year’s Stuff the Bus campaign.”

The two nonprofit organizations help an expansive network of recipients in need. 360 Communities serves more than 10,000 people annually with emergency food and resources at locations in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. CAP Agency’s food shelf in Shakopee provides immediate food and resources to individuals and families to bridge them through difficult times and help them reach self-sufficiency.

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