San Diego’s two mass transit agencies are partnering with the Girl Scouts on Saturday to figuratively fill a bus with donated food for the hungry.

The Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District, along with Albertsons and Vons stores, are providing the food to the San Diego Food Bank in the 8th annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive.

More than 750 Girl Scouts will be at Albertsons and Vons stores from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to encourage San Diegans to make a final donation push.

“MTS launched the Stuff the Bus food drive eight years ago not only to collect food for families in need, but to help raise community awareness about the issue of hunger in San Diego,” said Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer of MTS. “This is a great partnership for a great cause and we are confident the community will step up to the

Donors can pick up a shopping list of the most important non-perishable foods needed at any Albertsons. And, as a new and convenient option this year, Vons will have pre-packaged “hunger bags” with non-perishable food available for shoppers to purchase for $7 and donate on scene.

“The holiday season will be extremely difficult for families in need in our community,” said James A. Floros, president & CEO of the Jacobs  & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “Thanks to the committed staff members and volunteers at MTS, NCTD, Albertsons and the Girl Scouts, this year’s Stuff the Bus Food Drive will help the Food Bank meet the increased need for food assistance we experience over the holiday season.

“Last year, our organization provided more than 18.3 million meals to San Diego families in need. We’re very grateful to our food drive partners and the community for helping us feed the hungry this holiday season.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.