MONTEREY COUNTY – United Way Monterey County hosted its 12th annual Stuff the Bus in July, during which volunteers collected more than 3,100 backpacks that will be delivered to homeless children in Monterey County.
In partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education, United Way administers the Stuff the Bus program each year, providing new school supplies to the county’s large population of homeless or near-homeless students.
Before the academic year begins, the backpacks are distributed to students by homeless liaisons in each school district.
According to United Way CEO and President Katy Castagna, 2021 school data indicates that there are more than 10,500 local students experiencing homelessness.
“The number of homeless students in Monterey County has increased significantly over the past 12 years, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the needs of these students are greater than ever,” Castagna said. “Stuff the Bus will help ease the burden of additional costs on families. More importantly, it will ensure that these students start school with the tools they need to learn and the message that we, as a community, care about their success.”
This year’s Stuff the Bus week began on July 18 and continued through July 23, with volunteers working every day to fill the backpacks with binders, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, pencils and other necessities.
The total number of backpacks provided in 2022 is expected to exceed 4,500, when last week’s deliveries added to previous donations of 1,400 backpacks from previous kick-off events.
In South Monterey County, a total of 1,200 backpacks will be distributed this year among the Chualar, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City and San Lucas school districts to local students in need.
Donations to Stuff the Bus and other United Way Monterey County programs can be made through their website unitedwaymcca.org.
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