Nearly 9 tons of food was donated through this year's Stuff-a-Bus campaign. That's 3 tons more than last year.
All of the food collected from the month-long drive benefits the Peoria Friendship House Food Pantry.
Volunteers unloaded the goods at the facility Monday, where officials say they expect to provide more than 53,000 meals next year.
"As needs grow people recognize the need is there so they will bring us a bag of groceries, a few dollars they've been able to save so we in turn can fill our shelves with food and give to those individuals and families that would otherwise go hungry,” said Jeff Turnbull, VP/COO of Peoria Friendship House.
This is the 25th year for the multi-partnership Stuff-a-Bus food drive.