"Fill the Bus" kicks off across the Valley

Community aims to fill 40-foot bus full of food

POSTED: 11:01 AM PST Nov 15, 2012    UPDATED: 02:40 PM PST Nov 15, 2012 
Community aims to fill 40-foot bus full of food
LA QUINTA, Calif. - -

For the sixth year, SunLine Transit Agency's annual food drive, "Fill the Bus" took donations for Valley charities ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Parked at three different locations, 40-foot SunLine busses were ready to be filled with food and other necessities for those in need.

"We have two storage rooms that are 20X10 and they're empty. They're as empty as that bus is right now," said Teresa Dominguez, office manager at FISH Food Bank in Coachella.

FISH, along with Well in the Desert, will take home the donations -- totaling in the tens of thousands of tons of food.

One bus will stock both charities for about two months, but during the holidays, it's much less.

"Now's the time for everybody to come out and give," Mikel Oglesby, SunLine GM said, "but I want people to think beyond Thanksgiving. Think throughout the holidays and beyond."

Both charities are asking for the following:

Drop-off locations include:

The stores will continue to gather food through Friday morning, even after the buses have gone.

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