Stuff the Bus

Happy children with new backpacks

In 2019, Stuff the Bus Distributed 4,303 Backpacks to Children in Need!

Congratulations to the 300 volunteers who gathered to sort and stuff backpacks in 2019. Thanks to our generous donors, the volunteers were able to pack 4,303 backpacks filled with the supplies needed for success in school.
Visit the gallery to see photos from Stuff the Bus.

Why is This Important?

In 2018, there were more than 8,400 students in Monterey County who were homeless or vulnerable. Stuff the Bus helped these children 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 students facing homelessness 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 children 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

How Do I Donate School Supplies?

One of the ways to get involved with Stuff the Bus is through donations of new school supplies from the shopping list. Our sponsors and partners located through out the County will be hosting supply drop-off sites until July 19th.

Sponsor Stuff the Bus 2020

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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