Spring Grove sports fans asked to help 'Fill the Bus'

Jessica Schladebeck

For the past three years the Spring Grove Area School District has donated a bus-load of food to families in need. Literally.

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The district's annual "Fill the Bus" food drive, now in its fourth year calls on students and members of the community to fill a big, yellow school bus with non-perishable items to be donated to the Harvest of Hope Pantry which distributes food to families in need as well as other local food distribution points. When the bus is stuffed to capacity, nearly 5,000 pounds of goods is hauled over to the pantry.

Collections boxes are placed in different buildings throughout the district and will be set up during the holiday concerts at the high school and middle school. Those interested in donating can also drop off food items at Spring Grove Intermediate or the elementary school before Dec. 17, which is when the drive is scheduled to end.

To sports fans: This year the district is extending an opportunity to sports fans on both sides of the bleachers to attend certain games for free.

Patrons who bring in one food item to help "Fill the Bus" will receive $1 off their ticket admission cost, and those who bring with them three items or more to donate will be able to any of these sporting events for free:

  • Girls Basketball vs. Central York on Dec. 8
  • Wrestling vs. Mechanicsburg High School on Dec. 9
  • Swimming vs. South Western High School on Dec. 10
  • Boys Basketball vs. Dallastown High School on Dec. 11

The items that are most needed by the food pantry include the following: boxed cereal, boxed macaroni and cheese, boxed or canned potatoes, boxed spaghetti or macaroni, canned beef stew, canned soups (chicken noodle, chicken rice, tomato), canned fruit, canned pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, canned tuna, canned vegetable soup, canned vegetables, chicken helpers, egg noodles, hamburger helpers, jars of jelly, ketchup or mustard, peanut butter, ramen noodles, and tuna helpers.

Those with questions about "Fill the Bus" can call Lisa Smith, the district's community relations coordinator at (717) 225-4731, ext 3031. Families in need of food assistance should call Harvest of Hope Food Pantry at (717) 792-6070.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.