Stuff the Bus, a food drive sponsored by Green Mountain RSVP and Green Mountain Express, was held at Price Chopper over Martin Luther King Weekend and turned out to be an extraordinary success. Thanks to the generosity of Bennington shoppers, the 45 volunteers who greeted them with smiles and encouraged them to "Stuff the Bus," and WBTN's live broadcast, we were able to donate well over two tons of food to nine local food pantries. As always, during this event which started five years ago, there are special memories.

Pat Palencsar, RSVP's director remembers a couple from out of town who walked over to her pushing a grocery cart filled with food. The woman reached in and pulled out a bag, which Pat assumed was their donation. But, much to her surprise, the filled cart was their contribution and the bag was for them. My big recollection was when a black pickup pulled up to the bus and emptied cartons of food from the truck into the bus. No one got their names. I was working with two young VISTA volunteers and said, "Who was that masked man?" They both stared at me with blank looks and I realized that they hadn't grown up watching the Lone Ranger. Fortunately, the black truck re-appeared to make another delivery of food and this time I was able to personally thank them. I told the gentleman and his wife that it would have been more appropriate had he been driving a white pick-up, but he said his white hair would have to suffice. What a great two days we had and most importantly, the larders will be full for a little while longer.

SUSAN ARMSTRONG
Green Mountain RSVP

Bennington