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Buses piled with food, toys help fill the need.

Byline: Jim Feehan The Register-Guard

CORRECTION (ran 11/9/2004): The charity effort that collected about four tons of food and 1,000 toys in Lane Transit District buses Friday and Saturday is known as "Stuff the Bus." A story on Page B1 Monday incorrectly named the effort, which is sponsored by KDUK-FM at area Bi-Mart stores to help FOOD for Lane County and The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

About four tons of food and 1,000 toys were delivered Sunday via Lane Transit District buses to FOOD for Lane County's warehouse in west Eugene.

Area residents dropped off the foodstuffs and toys Friday and Saturday at Eugene and Springfield Bi-Mart stores. The "Fill the Bus" drive - second in size only to the twice-yearly campaigns conducted by U.S. Postal Service letter carriers - was sponsored by FOOD for Lane County and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

The toys will be given out in mid-December at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Eugene, while the food will be distributed over several months via FOOD for Lane County.

The agency continues to be in need of high-protein, nonperishable items, such as chili, peanut butter, tuna and Spam, said Deb Buchanan, food solicitor and resource development representative.

Demand is increasing as federal assistance to food banks has declined, Buchanan said. Foodstuffs donated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which made up about 50 percent of items received at the local food bank 10 years ago, now represents about 15 percent of the agency's stockpile, she said.

One in five children in Oregon and 10 percent of adults receive items from one or more food banks, Buchanan said. "They say that jobs are up, but I'm certainly not seeing it," she said. "That's why this drive is so important, because at the end of the month many people are down to Top Ramen."
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Date:Nov 8, 2004
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