The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), operator of the Wheels and Rapid bus services, hosted another “Stuff-A-Bus” holiday food drive on Nov. 16., at the Lucky Supermarket in Pleasanton. Several hundred Tri-Valley residents stopped by to help Open Heart Kitchen and Tri-Valley Haven stock their food pantries for the holiday season. Individual donations ranged from a single can to 50 pounds.

In addition, employees from the Livermore-based transit bus manufacturer Gillig held their own food drive in support of the Stuff-A-Bus event and donated 300 pounds of non-perishable food items.

The total weight of donated items exceeded 1,750 pounds. In addition, cash and gift card donations totaled over $880.

LAVTA again used a “Stuff-A-Bus Bingo” theme for this year’s food drive. Game cards listed the items most needed by the two food banks. Bingo prizes ranged from small promotional items to several pairs of San Jose Sharks tickets, donated by radio station 101.7 KKIQ, which broadcast live from the event.