Stuff the Bus!

Stuff the Bus Provides Students the Tools to Succeed!

This year, there are more than 8,200 students in Monterey County who are homeless. Stuff the Bus helps these kids start school equipped with the supplies they need to be ready to learn.  Backpacks are distributed throughout the county via the Family Resource Centes located in each school district in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education.

How is Homeless Defined?

More than 8,200 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

Why is This Important?

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 and gives kids a boost of self confidence. It’s more than a backpack

How to Get Involved

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.


$20 equals a fully supplied backpack text StuffBus to 313131 to submit your donation or donate here.

United Way buses are located at various businesses through out the county. Click here to find a drop off location and bring in your supplies.


Supplies are often donated loosely, so we need volunteers to help sort through and organize the donations so it is easier to assemble backpacks on Stuff the Bus Day, Saturday, August 5.  You can volunteer for the following Days:

Wednesday, August 2,  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday, August 3, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday, August 4, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm    

Saturday, August 5, 9:00am - 2:00 pm 

Click here to for more information or to register your team!




"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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