Western Illinois University is holding its 8th annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive today.
With more people than ever visiting local food pantries, students tried to collect as many donations as possible.
From crackers to whole grain taco shells, a wide menu of items came in to the Stuff the Bus Drive.
Food literally rolled in by the cart full.
"It's really neat to see the community come together because that's the whole point of this is realizing those less fortunate," said Angela Castello, a senior at WIU.
"Half of this food, I'm like shocked that we have this much to be honest, it's amazing," said Catherine Rodl, a Freshman at WIU.
All 15,000 lbs of food donated today will go to organizations like the Salvation Army, or will help with WIU's Black Student Association's assembly of Thanksgiving baskets.
But the majority of items will go to Macomb's local food pantry, Loaves and Fishes, Etc.
Frank Covey with Loaves and Fishes says his food pantry serves over 500 families a month.
And Covey says when he arrived at the food drive today, he was elated to see *college* students heading up the cause.
"College students, you often hear about the bad things that they do, when you see something like this, it's really uplifting, and I think they have so much fun doing it too," said Covey.
He says the goods donated today will help his food pantry well beyond the holidays, possibly up until March.
Freshman Catherine Rodl says it makes her feel good to provide those in need with a continued boost.
"That's awesome that's really great. It's amazing that that food will last that long. I thought that maybe it would help through Christmas, that's really awesome that it's going to last for 3 months," said Rodl.
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