Stuff the Bus food drive in Omaha nets cash, 16.5 tons of food

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 9:11 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha residents opened up their hearts for the annual 6 News Stuff The Bus food drive Thursday. The effort brought in everything from macaroni and cheese to toothpaste to diapers. And those who helped contribute to the 33,000 pounds of donated food and the $4,146 in cash appreciated the chance to do it.

“It just makes me happy, because I’m helping people who need food who don’t have enough money for food,” one donor said. Another said, “I brought toilet paper, I brought toothpaste, you said, ‘bring beans,’ I brought spaghetti.”

The event was held from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Methodist Women’s Hospital at 192nd and Dodge, and the NP Dodge building at 87th and Dodge. The food drive benefited the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, which served more than 13,000 Omaha area families in 2020.

“It’s just so different this year, and last year was terrible, but I thank you so much for being in our community,” a donor said. “It just makes me happy because I’m helping people.”

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