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Special Thanks – Stuff-A-Bus for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank

(Fort McMurray, AB – November 22, 2016) – In true Wood Buffalo spirit, the community rallied together on Nov. 18 for the first annual Stuff-A-Bus event to raise donations for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.

“This was our first year to Stuff-A-Bus for the Food Bank, and it has been a wonderful opportunity to come together with local schools and businesses to give back to the community,” said Tony O’Doherty, Acting Director of Transit Services. “We’d like to say a special ‘thank you’ to all of the participants for their generous donations, and to the volunteers who donated their time to help make this such a success.”

“It has been very exciting to work with Municipal Transit Services on our first Stuff-A-Bus event,” said Arianna Johnson, Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association. “Having seen the Stuff-A-Bus event in other municipalities, we’re ecstatic with the results we’ve seen here and look forward to this being a lasting partnership.”

For this year’s big event, six schools and 11 local businesses helped to Stuff-A-Bus, raising a total of 5,542 kg (12,217 lbs.) in donations for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.

As part of the initiative, Municipal Transit Services is offering a free three-hour charter bus to the school that donated most non-perishable food donations per capita. Congratulations to this year’s winner, École Boréal, which raised 3.69 kg (8.14 lbs.) per student, for a total donation of 413.6 kg (911.9 lbs.). Honourable mention goes to Timberlea Public School, which raised 3.5 kg (7.79 lbs.) per student, for a total of 1,013.6 kg (2,234.7 lbs.).

Additional thanks to CUPE Local 1505 for providing volunteers to operate buses for the event.

Visit rmwb.ca/transit to learn more about Stuff-A-Bus and see who participated in this year’s event. Find out more about the Wood Buffalo Food Bank at www.woodbuffalofoodbank.com.

Stuff-A-Bus is an initiative that supports the goals of the Municipality’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan by working with partner organizations, encouraging and supporting the social profit sector, and by connecting people and communities through accessible, regional-based leisure and wellness activities, programs and public gathering places.


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