9th Annual “Stuff the Bus” Campaign Aims to Provide Meals for the Holidays

Capital Metro, the Central Texas Food Bank & Whole Foods Market team up to help those in need.

AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 9, 2020) - Capital Metro, Whole Foods Market and the Central Texas Food Bank are teaming up for the ninth year to encourage the community to “Stuff the Bus.” The goal of the campaign is to help area residents by collecting donations for the Central Texas Food Bank to be distributed to individuals and families during the holidays. The theme of the campaign is, “Make this season bright for our neighbors in need.”

“As always, Capital Metro’s mission is to serve our community,” said Capital Metro President & CEO Randy Clarke. “Especially this year, we are thankful to partner with the Central Texas Food Bank and Whole Foods Market during the holidays in order to serve our community members who need our help the most.”

All donations will go to the Central Texas Food Bank, which distributed over 64 million pounds of food to Central Texans in Fiscal Year 2020.

Stuff the Bus runs from Thursday, December 10 to Thursday, December 24. Customers can visit CapMetro.org/StufftheBus or the campaign's Amazon Wish List to make donations online. The public can also make donations during store hours at all seven Austin-area Whole Foods Market locations, by looking for the registers labeled Feed4More. A $5 donation helps feed a family of four for over three days.

“We are honored to collaborate again this year with Capital Metro and the Central Texas Food Bank,” said Matt Ray, Southwest Regional President for Whole Foods Market. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers making donations, thousands of meals will be distributed to those in need throughout Austin this holiday season.”

Whole Foods Market in Austin hosts Feed4More once a year during the holiday season to offer customers the opportunity to give back to their communities during a regular grocery trip. During Feed4More, customers are welcomed to help support hunger relief in the Austin community by donating at registers labeled Feed4More.

The Central Texas Food Bank has seen an increased need for food in the Central Texas community. Just in October 2020, the Food Bank served approximately 113,776 households, which translates to nearly 6.1 million pounds of food. Over 13,500 of those households served used the Food Bank’s services for the first time.

“In these challenging times, we’re so glad that our friends at Capital Metro and Whole Foods Market are taking Stuff the Bus virtual,” said Derrick Chubbs, President & CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “With the need for our services at record levels, every donation to Stuff the Bus and the Whole Foods Market Feed4More in-store register-drive will help feed our hungry neighbors during this holiday season and beyond.”

During the campaign, monetary donations will be accepted at any of the following Whole Foods Market locations:

  • Arbor Trails (4301 W. William Cannon Dr.)
  • Bee Cave (12601 Hill Country Blvd.)
  • Domain (11920 Domain Dr.)
  • Lamar (525 N Lamar Blvd.)
  • Gateway (9607 Research Blvd.)
  • East Austin (901 E 5th St. Ste)
  • Cedar Park (5001 183A Rd., Cedar Park)

The public can learn more by visiting CapMetro.org/StufftheBus.

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