Help ‘Stuff the Bus’ With Food, Other Essentials

Five people stand against the side of a Unitrans double-decker bus
At a previous year’s Stuff the Bus event, student employees of Unitrans hold donations like those being sought at this year’s event to benefit The Pantry on Dec. 16. Left to right, they are Edith Salcedo, Alex Lyon, Desirae Morales, Emily Durban and Grey Crawford. (Courtesy photo)

Unitrans and the Davis Food Co-op invite the community on Dec. 16 to “Stuff the Bus” with food and some of life’s other essentials for The Pantry, which serves UC Davis students in need.

One of Unitrans’ vintage double-deckers from London will be ready to take aboard donations for the seventh annual collection 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.

The first 50 donors will receive a Unitrans pass good for 10 rides on the campus-city transit service and a $10 coupon for the Davis Food Co-op. Everyone is invited to have some fun by climbing to the top deck of the bus.

Nonperishable food items — including easy grab-and-go snacks — dominate the list of needed goods at The Pantry, which is a unit of the Associated Students of UC Davis. Staff said toiletries and hygiene products are also a high priority.

Some of the specific items on The Pantry’s wish list are canned, ready-to-eat meals; cooking utensils; healthy snacks; gluten-free foods; canned soups; peanut butter; jam; fruit juice; and baby formula.

“Pretty much anything that’s reasonably healthy, we’ll take it!” said Sergio Bocardo-Aguilar, director of The Pantry. “Things we’d like to avoid are sugary foods and non-nutritious food.”

Starting in a living room in 1972, the Davis Food Co-op has grown into a full-service grocery store owned and operated by more than 8,000 households. It features natural, organic and local foods but strives to offer a full spectrum of groceries to serve the entire community.

Unitrans has been serving the community for more than 50 years with a fleet of red buses that includes new and vintage double-deckers and, more recently, electric, single-deck buses.

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