Food donations will help Stuff-A-Bus

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Local residents have a chance to help feed hungry families for the holidays. The Auburn Interfaith Food Closet is holding its semi-annual Stuff-A-Bus event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Raley’s and Grocery Outlet parking lots. Volunteers from the various churches that sponsor the food closet will be available at the locations with lists of needed items, so anyone interested in donating can purchase items from the stores or bring them from home, according to Barbara Tellman, spokeswoman for the food closet. The organization has been holding the event in the spring and fall for about 10 years, according to Sandy Bassett, president of the food closet. Those who wish to donate are encouraged to bring non-perishable items or cash donations. Perishable items can be donated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and the last Saturday of the month at the food closet’s location at 2985 Richardson Dr. Canned items as well as boxes of cereal and diapers are things the closet always needs, Tellman said. Tellman said the food closet is now serving about 953 families a month, up from last year’s 883 families a month and 2008’s 787 families per month. This is the ideal time for donations because the organization is operating in the red, Tellman said. “Right now it’s really important,” Tellman said. “This year we have been running in the red for (several) months. Our food costs have risen, but our donations haven’t. We try and offer the same foods, a very nutritionally balanced diet, but we do have to pay a lot more for them.” Bassett said Thanksgiving-themed foods would gladly be accepted at the event if they were non-perishable. “The holidays are one of the hardest times for people who struggle to make ends meet,” Bassett said. “If people want to donate things that (contribute to) the Thanksgiving meal, we will put together the food we receive and give it out. We are still seeing people who are hurting. If we don’t get the food, then we don’t have the food to give out.” Reach Bridget Jones at ------------------------------------------------------ Auburn Interfaith Food Closet Stuff-A-Bus event What: A chance for residents to donate non-perishable items for families who use the food closet When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Raley’s parking lot at 13384 Lincoln Way and Grocery Outlet parking lot at 414 Grass Valley Hwy. For information: Call the food closet at (530) 885-1921 or visit