IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. - It is the season of giving and helping out and Imperial Valley transit is swapping free rides for food donations.
Stuff-A-Bus starts Monday and will run through November 17th. We caught up with organizers for the details.
“We place a box inside of our buses and we offer an opportunity for people to get on a bus for free provided they bring a canned good or other non-perishable item(s),” said Mark Baza, Executive Director with Imperial County Transportation Commission.
The Imperial County Transportation Commission is partnering with Imperial Valley Food Bank and Imperial Valley Transit to help feed the hungry.
Every bus that runs the fixed route system through Imperial Valley will have a donation box on board. Some of the top food items to donate are pasta, canned meats, rice, dry beans and canned soup.
“Last year we were able to accomplish 900 pounds of food, and this year our goal is to do over one-thousand pounds,” explained Baza.
All donations will be benefiting The Imperial Valley Food Bank. The community was able to partially fill a small bus last year, but organizers say this year they are filling the big bus.
“We want to do our part to help out the food bank as they are providing food throughout Imperial Valley and they don't have endless resources so this is our part to help out,” added Baza.
Imperial Valley Transit is also doing something special for veterans this week.
“If you bring your military ID, you have an opportunity to ride our bus for free from here through Friday of this week, the 10th, November 10th,” said Baza.