Officials gather for Stuff-A-Bus kickoff luncheon

By WEEK Producer

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – It is a need that lasts year-round. According to the Illinois Commission to end hunger, 1.8 million Illinoisans do not know when or where their next meal might come from, 745,000 of those are children.

On Wednesday, officials with the Peoria Friendship House, CityLink, and Kroger gathered for the 26th Annual 'Stuff-a-Bus' luncheon.  The event is similar to a prep rally in anticipation of next week's campaign kick off.

The month long food drive benefits the Peoria Friendship House Food Pantry, which provides more than 52,000 meals a year to need families in Peoria.

Last year's Stuff-A-Bus campaign collected more than 9 tons of food and organizers hope to top that number this year.

For more information on the Stuff-a-Bus campaign, log on to www.facebook.com/stuffabuspeoria.