POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College students, faculty and staff joined forces once again with the local community to take part in what has become an annual event held this year on November 17. Organized by GMC’s SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and SAAC president Cameron Book, participants came together for the third year in a row to “Fill the Bus”.
The Fill the Bus campaign was an initiative started by Book in 2015 which was met with great success. The purpose of the community effort was to collect as many non-perishable food items as possible to benefit the Poultney Food Shelf which serves residents of Poultney, Middletown Springs, and Hampton, N.Y.
In contrast to previous years, Book designated just one Friday this year to park his own vintage, blue 1972 Volkswagen Bus outside of the Poultney Shaw’s grocery store to take donations for the cause.
Over the one-day period, community members donated well over 350 pounds of food which came at the perfect time with Christmas just around the corner. This year’s donation was the largest collection effort to date surpassing last year's mark of 320 pounds of food. With the contributions from the Fill the Bus campaign the organization hopes to be able to replenish the food stores in preparation for Christmas time.