In 1991, Transit Operator Jim Bartlett’s son came home from school and pointed out to his father that he noticed children there were hungry and he thought they should help. That year, Jim organized the first Stuff-A-Bus with support from his union (ATU 508) and Metro Transit (Halifax Transit). He operated one bus that went around and collected food items for Feed Nova Scotia with a handful of volunteers.
Today, with the help of newer partners like Scotiabank ,C100 FM and the continued support of ATU Local 508, Stuff-A-Bus has grown to be an annual event. The first Friday of every December, seven buses and almost 50 volunteers dedicate a day to gathering food items for those in need.
The total donations for the past 24 years is 644,000 lbs. of food and over $200,000 cash
Total donations for stuff a bus 2014 are 49,000 lbs of food and $10,000 cash