Food Bank hoping for 10,000 pounds of food at Stuff a Blue Bus event

Brad Peterson’s goal would be to see everyone who attends the Penn State-Nebraska football game Saturday bring one can of food to help feed Pennsylvania residents.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is running its second annual Stuff a Blue Bus food drive this week, looking to get 10,000 pounds of food, Peterson, director of communications and marketing, said.

He said the biggest misconception is people thinking one can or a few cans won’t be a big help.

“If they were in their own home and opened their pantry and had nothing, a couple cans would look pretty good,” Peterson said.

This year they are focusing on all non-perishable items, but some higher-demand items are peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken and canned fruits. On game day, people can drop off the food items outside Jeffrey Field, the Central Pennsylvania Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and the bus will be parked at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The food drive has been running all week, but Peterson said 90 percent of all the items come in on game day.

Though it’s only in its second year, it is quickly becoming one of the biggest drives for the food bank, which provides food for 54,000 people per week in 27 counties. Peterson said if it hits its 10,000 pound goal, it will be in the top five for a single drive.

Last year, all the raised food items gradually went back into Centre County, and Peterson said they will try to keep as much as possible in the county again.