Last Chance To Stuff A Bus With CityLink & Friendship House Is Wednesday!

Join us again this year! Stuff A Bus with CityLink Peoria , Kroger Foods on Lake with Cumulus Media

WERE PROUD TO PARTNER ONCE AGAIN FOR THE 36TH ANNUAL STUFF-A-BUS FOOD DRIVE WITH CITYLINK TO BENEFIT THE PEORIA FRIENDSHIP HOUSE. WE OFFICIALLY BEGAN FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, SO WE’VE GOT ABOUT A MONTH TO OUTDO THE RECORD-BREAKING SUCCESS PEORIA SET IN 2022, OUR NEW GOAL;  COLLECT 13 TONS OF FOOD, THEN STUFF IT INTO THE VINTAGE CITYLINK BUS. LOOK FOR THOSE BIG BOXES TO DROP FOOD OFF AT ANY AREA KROGER STORE UNTIL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29! SO WE CAN HELP WITH 150,000 meals TO THOSE DEALING WITH HUNGER HERE IN PEORIA. FIND A CAN DROP LOCATION NEAR YOU HERE

For the most up-to-date information on the food drive, please visit and like the official Stuff-A-Bus Facebook page. If you would like to get involved in this year’s food drive, please contact Emily Watson at [email protected].

RECOMMENDED FOOD DONATION

The 36th Annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive to benefit the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service is happening from Friday, October 20, 2023 until Wednesday, November 29, 2023. The Stuff-A-Bus plans to outdo the record-breaking success in 2022 and has set a goal to reach a new record and collect 13 tons of food onto the vintage CityLink bus!

For the past 36 years, CityLink has hosted the Stuff-A-Bus food drive to help eliminate hunger in Peoria.  With a long partnership with Kroger to collect enough food to stuff a classic CityLink bus, the donations collected during the annual food drive benefit the food pantry at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service.  In a year, the Peoria Friendship House food pantry provides an average of 150,000 meals to those dealing with hunger in Peoria.

All Peoria and East Peoria Kroger stores are participating in this year’s Stuff-a-Bus campaign, which includes the following stores:

9219 Lindbergh Dr, Peoria;

801 W. Lake Ave, Peoria;

3311 N. Sterling Ave, Peoria

201 S. Main St, East Peoria

The participating Kroger stores have donation displays available that include non-perishable food items that are needed at the Peoria Friendship House food pantry.  Shoppers can simply purchase items from the displays or purchase food off the shelves and place the donations in the bins located at the front of the stores.

Cumulus Radio, WYZZ Fox 43, WMBD CBS 31 and CIPROUD.com are media partners in this food drive and will air public service announcements about the great need to collect enough groceries to keep the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service food pantry open all year long.  The Amalgamated Transit Union Local #416 is also a long-time participating sponsor of Stuff-A-Bus.

The following businesses/organizations are also serving as drop off locations during the 2023 Stuff-A-Bus food drive:  

CityLink Administrative offices (2105 NE Jefferson Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603)

Dozer Park (730 SW Jefferson Avenue, Peoria, IL 61605)

Jones Bros. Jewelers (7705 North Grand Prairie Drive, Peoria, IL 61615)

Peoria Riverfront Museum (222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602)

West Peoria City Hall (2506 W. Rohmann Avenue, West Peoria, IL 61604)

WMBD Studios (3131 N. University Street, Peoria, IL 61604)

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is offering a $3 discount off general admission to individuals who donate a non-perishable food item to Stuff-A-Bus throughout the duration of the food drive.  One donation is required per person to receive the discount.  The Peoria Chiefs are offering two ticket vouchers good for a game in April 2024 to individuals who donate a minimum of five or more non-perishable food items at Dozer Park during Stuff-A-Bus.  Please call the Peoria Riverfront Museum at 309-686-7000 and Dozer Park at 309-680-4000 if you have questions about these promotions.   Throughout the 2023 Stuff-A-Bus campaign, various activities will be held in support of the food drive:  

October 22: Stuff-A-Bus donation collection event with the Peoria Rivermen players at the Kroger located at 9219 Lindbergh Dr. in Peoria from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 28: Stuff-A-Bus donation collection event with the Peoria Fire Department at the Kroger located at 801 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

October 29: Stuff-A-Bus donation collection event with the Peoria Police Department Cadets at the Kroger located at 801 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

November 1:  Ride Free Day – Passengers can ride free on CityLink fixed route buses with the donation of a non-perishable food item.  One donation is required per ride.

November 3 & 4: Stuff-A-Bus Games with the Peoria Mustangs.  Fans who bring a donation of non-perishable food to the game will receive free entry to the game and a special giveaway item courtesy of CityLink.  One donation is required per person for free entry.  Game time is at 7:00 p.m. on November 3 and 6:00 p.m. on November 4 and both games are played at Owens Center.

November 4: Stuff-A-Bus donation collection event with Coach Bre Cottage Cheerleading & Dance Company at the Kroger located at 9219 Lindbergh Dr. in Peoria from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

November 5: Stuff-A-Bus donation collection event with the Peoria Mustangs players at the Kroger located at 3311 N. Sterling Ave. in Peoria from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

November 9: Ride Free Day – Passengers can ride free on CityLink fixed route buses with the donation of a non-perishable food item.  One donation is required per ride.

November 11: Ghostbusters Central Illinois “Stuff-an-Ecto” collection event at the Kroger store in East Peoria from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

November 15: Calendar Day – The public can receive a free copy of the 2024 Peoria Historical Calendar in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food at the CityLink Transit Center or Administrative offices from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 17: The 10th Annual Day of Stuffing will take place at the Kroger Store located at 801 W. Lake Ave in Peoria from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  WMBD and Peoria Cumulus Radio stations will broadcast live from the location inviting people to come to the store and make their food donation to help fill the bus with donations.  Television and radio personalities, as well as other special guests, will be on hand throughout the event.

November 18: Stuff-A-Bus Nights at the Peoria Rivermen at the game on November 18 against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.  Fans who bring a donation of non-perishable food to the game will receive a raffle ticket to win a signed authentic PEANUTS Charlie Brown jersey.  The jerseys will be auctioned off during the 3rd period of the game.  Game time is at 7:15 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center.  One raffle ticket will be handed out per donated item – i.e. One fan can bring five items and receive five raffle tickets.

November 29: Weigh-In Day Press Conference – the final weight of the food collected will be revealed at a press conference at the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service at 10:00 a.m.

The Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service was established in 1951 as a response to the great need for assistance to individuals and families living in deep poverty.  Peoria Friendship House provides valuable services such as food, medical assistance, youth education, adult education, employment preparation, and finance and employment coaching, while encouraging lasting change for those it serves. Their Advocacy, Coaching, Education and Support approach provides wrap-around services supported by short and long-term coaching for both the Latino and English-speaking communities.  The staff at the Peoria Friendship House are dedicated to providing hope and guidance that offers a “hand-up” rather than handout.

Peoria Friendship House forms collaborations with community partners to provide resources outside of their agency.  For further information on Peoria Friendship House programs, please call 309-671-5200 or visit their website at www.friendship.house.  The Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service is proud to be a Heart of Illinois United Way Community Partner.

For the most up-to-date information on the food drive, please visit and like the official Stuff-A-Bus Facebook page. If you would like to get involved in this year’s food drive, please contact Emily Watson at [email protected].

Download Volunteer Flyer (PDF)

RECOMMENDED FOOD DONATIONS

Protein – Canned Meat, Beef Stew, Tuna, Canned Chili, Peanut Butter, Canned and Dried Beans

Fruits & Vegetables – Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Canned Soup, Fruit Juices, Jelly

Carbohydrates – Pasta, Rice, Instant Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Cereal, Pancake Mix, Oatmeal, Cake Mixes

Dairy – Canned Milk, Instant Pudding

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