Stuff the Bus!

Stuff the Bus Distributed 3,335 Backpacks to Kids in Need!

Congratulations to the 200+ volunteers who gathered to sort and stuff backpacks last week. Thanks to our generous donors, the volunteers were able to pack 3,219 backpacks filled with the supplies kids need to succeed in school. 

  • 3,335 backpacks laid end-to-end would extend from Salinas High to the National Steinbeck Center or from Fisherman's Wharf to Monterey High School!

  • 46 buses would be needed to fit all the students receiving backpacks. (72 students per bus)

  • Enough backpacks to fill 300 bathtubs or 70 hot tubs

Why is This Important?

In 2017, there were more than 8,200 students in Monterey County who were homeless. Stuff the Bus helped these kids start school equipped with the supplies they needed to be ready to learn. Backpacks were distributed throughout the county via the Family Resource Centers located in each school district in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education. Read the FAQ's.The number of homeless students in Monterey County has increased each of the past six years. It’s more than a backpack, Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families and gives kids a boost of self confidence.

Art from the Inside: A Backpack Redemption

Inmates from the Life CYCLE (Careless Youth Corrected by Lifer’s Experience) self-help group at Soledad Correctional Training Facility created 33 pieces of art that are being auctioned to benefit Stuff the Bus. Cick here to learn more about Life CYCLE and Stuff the Bus partership and how you can buy one of these unique pieces and put a backpack in the hands of a local youth!

Sponsor Stuff the Bus

The number of homeless students in Monterey County has increased each of the past six years. Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families with school-aged children who are homeless or nearly homeless. It’s more than a backpack. Invest in a sponsorship and help students succeed in school.

How is Homeless Defined?

More than 9,000 students in Monterey County are classified as homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Homeless children are defined as those "who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence." Examples that fall under this definition:

  • Sharing overcrowded housing because of economic hardship

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence was not designed for human habitation (e.g. backyard tents, garages, park benches, etc.)

  • Those living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations

  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations


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