Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Schmitty and Sons Transit are inviting customers and the community to help Stuff the Bus Dec. 2 to Dec. 12 to support food shelves in Dakota and Scott counties.
An MVTA bus will be stationed at local grocery stores during the two-week collection period and food and cash donations will be given to 360 Communities and CAP Agency food shelves serving the two counties.
“In 2019, 2.6 tons of food was collected and we’re hoping to meet or exceed that figure this year,” MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder said. “We literally want to stuff the bus with food and cash donations.”
360 Communities serves more than 10,000 people annually with emergency food at food shelves 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.
Highest need items at local food shelves are non-perishable and include canned fish and meat, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, rice and pasta, and cooking/baking items. Cash can also be placed in the Stuff the Bus fare box for donation to the food shelves.
This year, The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority is partnering with nine local grocery stores. Specific dates and times are as follows:
- Apple Valley Cub, 12/2/21 from 3 to 6 pm
- Eagan north cub 12/3/21 from 3 to 6 pm
- Burnsville Cub 12/4/21 from 10 am to 1pm
- Rosemount Cub 12/5/21 from 10 am to 1pm
- Hyvee Savage 12/08/21 from 3 pm to 6 pm
- Cub Savage 12/09/21 from 3 pm to 6 pm
- Hyvee Shakopee 12/10/21 from 3 pm to 6 pm
- Cub Shakopee 12/11/21 from 10 am to 1 pm
- Lunds and Byerlys Prior Lake 12/12/21 from 10 am to 1 pm
With winter approaching, food shelves in Dakota and Scott County are expecting the end of the year to be a busy one. According to research from Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Minnesotans made 3,831,293 visits to food shelves in 2020, a record high for an unprecedented year and 434,587 more visits than the record high set in 2019. In 2020, Minnesota seniors made 512,539 visits to food shelves, up 31% from 2019. Adult usage overall increased by 1.2% from 2019 to 1,950,503 visits. Children represented 35.7% of food shelf visits in Minnesota with a total of 1,368,251 visits, up 6.7% from 2019.
MVTA looks forward to working with the community to help stock local food shelves with much needed supplies. Feel free to call customer service at 952-882-7500 with any questions about this upcoming Stuff the Bus event.
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