Delaware Transit Corporation announced that DART’s 20th annual Stuff the Bus Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 17.9 tons — 35,832 pounds — of food.

The week-long food drive took place Nov. 6-11 at Walmart in Milford, Acme in Dover, Acme in Fairfax Shopping Center, Rodney Square in Wilmington and Acme in Newark; and new this year were the Acme in Rehoboth and in Middletown. The Food Bank of Delaware will distribute the donated food through its Hunger Relief Partners to Delaware residents in need of food assistance.

Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, schools, organizations and state agencies throughout the entire state and filled two 30-foot buses with nonperishable food. Employees from DART, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Delaware Department of Transportation helped stuff a 40-foot bus; the DelDOT Administrative staff in Dover held a competition among departments and collected over 3.6 tons of food.

DART’s partners, Sharp Energy and Roush CleanTech, donated $1,000 each to purchase food from Sam’s Club, which was loaded onto a DART propane autogas paratransit bus.