Stuff the Bus In season of giving, Schools Help replenish shelves at Livingston CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse)

Livingston students stuffed a yellow school bus on Dec. 15 with boxes of food to replenish shelves at Livingston CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse). The wind and the cold, a bit of snow, couldn’t stop the goodwill of this community service. Stuff the Bus has become a Livingston tradition with schools and community groups partnering to help local families in need.

Stuff the Bus is supported by generous school partners donating much needed healthy food for the local pantry. At the Dec. 15 event, the bus stopped at Livingston’s Mount Pleasant Middle School, and Hillside, Collins, Burnet Hill, and Riker Hill elementary schools, where students and school leaders literally stuffed a yellow school bus with thousands of food items. Community volunteers, including members of Kiwanis, helped with the unloading at CHOW. “None of this could happen without the support of our generous community and our school leadership,” said Stacey Rubinstein, CHOW volunteer and president of Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors. “CHOW received so much because our schools embraced the concepts of philanthropy, and our school community helped ease some of the burden that the food insecure face daily. It isn't a permanent solution to hunger, but for those who deal with meals day-by-day, it is truly a kindness and a relief." Baby food and diapers, canned or dried beans, multi-grain cereals, powdered milk, olive oil, fruit (canned or bottled in fruit juice), oatmeal, quinoa, low sodium soups, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, and whole wheat pasta and sauce, low-sugar cereal and other healthy items are especially appreciated. Items may be dropped off at Kings, ShopRite, Livingston’s town hall, library and community center, or at St. Philomena’s in the main chapel. For more information on CHOW, please call the Sharing Office at (973) 992-1382.

Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, New Jersey

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