PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The 35th Annual Stuff-A-Bus has broken records this year by collecting 12.47 tons of food over the past month.

All donations to the Stuff-A-Bus food drive benefit the Peoria Friendship House of Christian Services, which helps thousands of local families a year struggling with food insecurity.

“We know the generosity of the Peoria area, but I think with inflation currently happening and some people really struggling, we weren’t sure what to expect this year. So to be able to get a record and help the Peoria Friendship House in this way, it’s a very good feeling,” said Emily Watson, marketing director for CityLink.

The donations collected are expected to keep the Friendship House’s pantry filled for several months. It will also support the organization’s mobile pantry.

“It’s really exciting to see 12.47 tons and to know that we’ve got vehicles ready to take it out to the most needy, which are those that can’t get out,” said Bob Woolsey, president of board at Peoria Friendship House.

The Peoria Rivermen and Peoria Mustangs pitched in to help unload the bus Wednesday morning, bringing it over to the pantry.

The Friendship House’s pantry has provided an average of 450 meals a week so far this year.

Watson added that the community’s donations and various partners helped make this year’s Stuff-A-Bus a success.