Williams Field stuffs the bus for United Food Bank

As the holidays approach, some high school students are thinking about what presents they will be asking from their parents. But students at Williams Field High School are used to a different tradition. For more than a month, the school has been collecting food for United Food Bank.

The students at the high school in Gilbert have been doing the “Stuff the Bus” food drive for the past five years. And every year, it ends up being bigger, according to a press release. Last year, students collected 17,584 pounds of food and $905 in cash. The food collected, added with the cash donation, helped provide 19,178 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in the east Valley and eastern Arizona.

“Our students gave up a lot of their time to be a part of this event,” said Mary Buscema, the school’s career center specialist who helps coordinate with students, in the press release. “I am so proud of their commitment to help others and for keeping the effort going each year. To know that many families will enjoy their holidays because of what we’ve accomplished should bring a smile to each and every person at Williams Field High School.”

“The Stuff the Bus food drive is an amazing effort from everybody at Williams Field High School and the community who donated to their drive. It’s great to see kids are still being taught the value of philanthropy and how important it is to help people in need. We always know this time of year we’ll see the students from Williams Field, and it’s a great help, especially as the holidays approach and we see an increased need,” said Ginny Hildebrand in the release, President and CEO of United Food Bank.

The students were to deliver the food to United Food Bank on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. and to unload all the food donations into the Food Bank’s warehouse.

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