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Bus stuffed during annual food drive

November 25, 2013

Bishop Lions Club President Bruce Kingsbury (l) and Sierra Region Chair Ken Lloyd present $600 worth of food to ESTA Transit Analyst Jill Batchelder Saturday afternoon for ESTA and the Salvation Army’s annual food drive. Photo by Darcy Ellis

Residents of Inyo County made the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority and Salvation Army’s Seventh Annual Stuff-a-Bus one of the most successful in the event’s history.
According to ESTA Transit Analyst Jill Batchelder, donations from residents and a number of service clubs and organizations mean that dozens of local families will not have to go without this holiday season.
“Traditionally the success of the Stuff-a-Bus food collection is measured in the pounds of food collected,” Batchelder said. “This year the amount of food collected was so overwhelming, that we could not get an accurate weight. I can say, at the conclusion of the live remote, it took eight people working hard an hour to load the bus and deliver the goods to the Salvation Army Food Bank.”
Batchelder said last week that the goal for this year’s Stuff-a-Bus event was to at least meet last year’s number of 700 pounds of food donations. “This is probably one of the most successful years we’ve ever had. There were a lot of people chipping in. We saw a lot of parents and grandparents bringing their young kids, saying they want to teach them about giving. It was amazing,” she said Monday.
Read more in the Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.

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