COVID safety means no bus in ETS Stuff a Bus food drive; texting option new this year

For the first time in its 26 year history, there will be no bus in the popular ETS Stuff a Bus food drive.

Unlike, perhaps, no other time in the history of ETS Stuff a Bus, the need to donate food and money to Edmonton’s Food Bank is critical this year.

“While we will miss seeing people stuff our vehicles with food donations, with increasing COVID-19 cases, it was best to adjust how we can donate this year to help keep everyone safe,” said Eddie Robar, Branch Manager for ETS. 

“However, we wanted to keep the campaign going because the need to support Edmonton’s Food Bank is still present. More than ever, we need those generous Edmontonians to remember their neighbours who are hungry and consider other ways to support the cause.” 

No bus, but still stuff to be done

Besides dropping off non-perishable food items at Edmonton’s Food Bank and at food bank boxes at Save-On-Foods locations, there are many ways to provide monetary donations this year.

  • Text FEEDYEG to 20222 to donate $10 or $20 
  • Online via Edmonton’s Food Bank website. Select ETS Stuff a Bus under “Fund.” 
  • At Save-On-Foods check-out counters while paying for groceries. 

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has increased the number of people who are unemployed or under-employed in our community. Edmonton’s Food Bank offers a number of programs that help people who are living in poverty and who are food insecure. ETS Stuff a Bus has been a key “food raiser” as we head into the holiday season,” said Marjorie Bencz, Executive Director of Edmonton’s Food Bank.  

“The COVID situation has meant that we must do business differently and the ETS Stuff a Bus campaign will be different this year,” she said. “We truly appreciate our partners who have found a way for people to support our work. Thank you for being there for the Food Bank and the people we serve.”

The 26th annual ETS Stuff a Bus (without the bus) runs from November 25 to November 29. For more information, visit edmonton.ca/stuffabus.