Stuff the Bus!

Give Students in Need the Tools to Succeed!

What is Stuff the Bus?
Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families with school-aged children who are homelessness or nearly homeless. Giving a student who is homeless a backpack with all the required supplies  promotes learning, encourages self-esteem and helps kids stay in school.  It’s more than a backpack.  It’s the first step to prepare students for a fulfilling, successful future. . .
Check out our Stuff the Bus FAQs for more info.

You Can Set Children Up For Success
There are 7,129 students in Monterey County who are homeless. Join Stuff the Bus and help these kids start school equipped with the supplies they need to be ready to learn.   

  • Grab a shopping list and drop off supplies at one of our many donation sites.  Last day to drop off supplies at a site is Wednesday, July 27.
  • Donate online - Let us shop for you! $20 buys a fully stocked backpack.  Please donate early so we can get best deals.
  • Give your time to sort and stuff backpacks on August 4, 5 and 6 in Salinas.
  • Ask your friends to donate and/or volunteer.

Backpacks will be distributed throughout the county by Homeless Liaisons in each school district in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education.

Why is This Important?
The number of homeless students in Monterey County has increased each of the past five years.  There is still much to be done so that every student has the required school supplies their families cannot afford.  We look forward to continuing our efforts to serve families throughout the year with Pathways to Stability and other services that help families.

"My husband is the only one working and it's hard when we have to buy uniforms and school supplies for three kids at once."


“I got crayons, markers and color pencils and I get to carry them to school in my new backpack.”



Check out our photos from this year's Stuff the Bus kick-off as well as our Facebook. 



Make sure your child goes back to school ready to learn

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