The Kiwanis Club of Hermiston, along with the Hermiston and Umatilla High School Key Clubs, recently "Stuffed the Bus" for Agape House.

Citizens of Hermiston, Umatilla and the surrounding area donated food and money in support of the Agape House and the Backpack Food for Kids program. The program reaches out to children in several area communities that depend on nutritional resources provided by Agape House on weekends and holidays, according to a news release.

Shoppers at Safeway, Walmart, Grocery Outlet and Columbia Harvest Foods filled up four school buses with food items for this one-day event. According to Agape House Executive Director Mark Gomolski, more than nine pallets of food items were donated, with a estimated value of $10,000.

Hermiston Kiwanis President Mike Frink called the event a "smashing success," with plans for next year's event already in the making. Frink thanked area shoppers, grocery stores and Mid Columbia Bus Co. for their generous response toward "Stuff the Bus." The project is making a difference in children's lives here in Umatilla and Morrow counties a "Kiwanis goal," Frink said.

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