The bus is getting stuffed with food donations for the Food Bank of Delaware

Stuff the Bus is rolling to its conclusion this weekend.

The goal: to raise 20 tons of donations for the Food Bank of Delaware on behalf of the thousands of people in Delaware who need emergency food assistance each week.

Friday's stop at the ShopRite on Concord Pike brought the six-day food drive closer to its goal. WDEL's Rick Jensen Show broadcast live during the afternoon.

Patty Boyd with DART First State said Stuff the Bus has been going on for more than two decades, and is held two weeks before Thanksgiving week - one of the earliest of the holiday season donation drives.

"it gives everybody an opportunity to feel like they're helping somebody else out," Boyd said.

One contributor agreed.

"It's important to always give back to the community because you never know when you might be in a situation where you may need help as well," Karen Fordham said. 

Kim Turner of the Food Bank of Delaware said Stuff the Bus was its biggest Thanksgiving food drive. While the Food Bank continues to distribute millions of pounds of food each year through partner agencies, it now has an on-site food pantry since opening its new facility in April. 

"We're thankful people think about us at the holiday season but people who are in need of food assistance are needing help year-long," Turner said.

"I tell people, one can does make a difference," Boyd added. "If everybody stopped by with at least one can, we could start putting meals on Delawareans' plates who are in need of food assistance."

Stuff the Bus concludes Saturday November 16th at ShopRite of Four Seasons, 700 Plaza Drive in Newark from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Appropriate items to donate: cereals, oatmeal, rice, peanut butter, canned fish or chicken, canned vegetables, canned beans, canned fruit, pasta and other items considered nonperishable. Donations of basic household supplies such as laundry detergent, paper products, diapers, personal care items or pet foods are also welcome.