Stuff the Bus 2018 is underway in Monterey County

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Monterey County Office of Education

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Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Stuff the Bus 2018 is underway in Monterey County

Stuff the Bus 2018 is underway in Monterey County

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018

Man in blazer with glasses showing school supplies to female student in neon pink sweatshirt in front of school bus

For the more than 9,000 students across Monterey County living in homeless or near homeless conditions, school supply essentials are out of reach. To address that need, United Way Monterey County and the Monterey County Office of Education are once again spearheading the popular backpack drive, Stuff the Bus, to send every child to school fully equipped to succeed. This is the eighth year of the campaign in Monterey County.

“This campaign fulfills a critical role. Having access to school supplies helps get students off on the right foot, and provides them with the confidence they need to succeed in school.”

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

The Stuff the Bus Kick Off event took place on Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the Family Resource Center at Sherwood School in Salinas. Present at the launch were partners involved in addressing the critical need to provide school supplies to the large population of students living unsheltered, in a hotel/motel, temporary shelter, or doubled up in homes. Attendees were also able to help stuff the first 40 backpacks of the season.

“Our housing crisis continues to diminish the ability of a family to provide a safe and stable home for their children. Stuff the Bus is a way for all of us to lend a hand and help prepare kids for success in the classroom and beyond.”

Katy Castagna, President and CEO of United Way Monterey County

Stuff the Bus is also taking place in San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties through the local United Ways. Donors can give online at -- $25 buys a fully stocked backpack!

Stuff the Bus culminates on July 28, when volunteers will fill backpacks with donated school supplies and deliver them to the homeless liaisons for each school district in Monterey County for distribution. To sign up or learn more, visit the United Way Stuff the Bus Website.

For an album of photos from the kick-off event, please visit our Facebook page.