Stuff the Bus 2018

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

Congratulations to the 200+ volunteers who gathered to sort and stuff backpacks last year. Thanks to our generous donors, the volunteers were able to pack 3,335 backpacks filled with the supplies kids needed to succeed in school. 

  • 3,335 backpacks laid end-to-end would extend from Salinas High School 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)

If you would like to volunteer to stuff, sort, wrap up, or donate please:






Why is This Important?

In 2017, there were more than 9,000 students in Monterey County who were homeless or vulnerable. 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 tripled over 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. These students often struggle in school. Of homeless elementary students, only 28% are proficient in reading and 17% in math. Many drop out without earning a high school degree.

How is Homeless Defined?

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

Sponsor Stuff the Bus

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.


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