HOLIDAY HELP: “Fill the Bus” for The Pantry

A vintage London double-decker bus will be parked in the Davis Food Co-op parking lot this Saturday (December 11), waiting to be stuffed – stuffed with your food donations and a few other basic necessities. All donations will go to ASUCD Pantry, which aims to ensure that students in need do not miss a meal or deprive themselves of other basic necessities while trying to stay in school.

Drawing by Stéphanie Quiroz, Marketing Manager student at Unitrans

Unitrans and the Davis Food Co-op are sponsoring the fifth annual “Stuff the Bus” event, 9:30 am to 4 pm. Look for the red double-decker bus in the parking lot at 620 G St. Children and adults alike are welcome to enjoy the view from the top deck of the bus as they drop off their donations. The first 50 donors will receive Unitrans passes valid for 10 free rides.

For the convenience of donors, Davis Food Co-op will be providing grocery bags and other prepackaged items – bags you can purchase at checkouts, and staff will deliver the bags to the bus.

The Pantry provided this list of suggested gifts: toiletries and hygiene products, canned soups, canned ready meals, healthy snacks, gluten-free foods, peanut butter and jams, fruit juices, infant formula and all non-perishable foods.

Postal staff and the more than 1,000 pounds of food they collected on the Davis campus and delivered to the ASUCD pantry. Pictured, left to right: Joe Eredia, Alicia Davis, Ranjlyn Sharma, Robert Casillas, Steven DeGeyter and Raul Pereyra. (Pravin Sharma / UC Davis)

16th Annual Postal Service Holiday Food Drive, held in November, raised 1,936 pounds of non-perishable food and other supplies: 1,066 pounds on the Davis campus (donated to ASUCD Pantry, which serves students in need) and 870 pounds on the campus of Sacramento (Data at ASUCD Pantry and The Pantry at UC Davis Health, which is run by employee organization Christian Faith at Work and provides support to all members of the UC Davis Health community. The Services Team Mail is grateful for the continued support of the UC Davis and UC Davis Health communities. Jim Hewlett, communications and training analyst, Supply chain management

Other collections

  • Toddler Toys – Davis Campus Courier Services collect donations with outgoing mail, or you can leave your donations in one of the blue collection bins around campus. The drive ends this Friday (December 10). The toy drive, organized in conjunction with the Marine Corps Reserve, benefits children in Yolo County (up to 14 years old). Organizers said all toys should be new and unboxed. For more information, send an email to the courier services.
  • Children’s Hospital Virtual Holiday Toy Drive – The hospital aims to ensure that every patient receives a gift this holiday season. Additional items are used throughout the year to supply hospital playrooms, as well as for patient birthdays and other milestone celebrations and events. The reader will continue until December 24. Donations are welcome online or by check, or you can purchase any of the gifts listed on the hospital’s wishlist on Amazon. Look for all the details and links on the Virtual Holiday Toy Drive webpage.
  • Pet baskets and winter coats and sweaters – Volunteer elves who share a past or present affiliation with UC Davis University Veterinary Medicine Hospital are once again preparing for their annual distribution of holiday gift bags for dogs and cats receiving care at the Mercer Homeless Pet Clinic in Sacramento. The elves are also looking for cash donations to continue the project, which is now 27 years old. Donate online ( or write a check payable to “UC Regents-Mercer Clinic Holiday Pet Baskets” and mail to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Dean, PO Box 1167, Davis 95617-1167 (Attention: Mercer Clinic Holiday Pet Baskets). For more information, contact Eileen Samitz by phone, 530-756-5165, or email: [email protected]

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