Stuff the Bus


2019 Stuff the Bus School Supply Donation Drive

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Announcing our 2019 Stuff the Bus School Supply Donation Drive Dates:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

August 9th, 10th and 11th, 2019

Why is this important?

In 2017-2018, there were more than 3,000 students in San Luis Obispo County who were homeless or vulnerable and over 15,500 who were socioeconomically disadvantaged according to 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 five school districts (PRJUSD, AUSD, SLCUSD, LMUSD and Coast USD).

The number of students facing homelessness in SLO County has increased over the past decade. 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.

Homelessness causes severe trauma to children and youth, disrupting their relationships, putting their health and safety at risk, and hampering their development (1, 2). Homeless children are more likely than other children to experience hunger and malnutrition, and to develop physical and mental health problems (2). Emotional distress, developmental delays, and decreased academic achievement are also more common among this population (2). Many of these children and youth experience deep poverty, family instability, and exposure to domestic violence before becoming homeless, and homelessness increases their vulnerability to additional trauma (1, 2). In addition to the risks faced by homeless children, including increased vulnerability to sexual exploitation, youth without homes are far more likely than their peers to be infected with HIV and have other serious health problems (2, 3, 4).

During the 2015-16 school year, more than 1.3 million children in the U.S. public school system were homeless, a historic high for the nation (5). California, alone, accounted for approximately one-fifth of all homeless public schools students in the U.S. that year, and has ranked 48th of all 50 states in performance on issues of child homelessness (1, 5).

Sources for this narrative:

1.  Bassuk, E. L., et al. (2014). America’s youngest outcasts: A report card on child homelessness. National Center on Family Homelessness. Retrieved from:

2.  American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Community Pediatrics. (2013). Providing care for children and adolescents facing homelessness and housing insecurity. Pediatrics, 131(6), 1206-1210. Retrieved from:

3.  Walker, K. (2013). Ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children: A call for multi-system collaboration in California. California Child Welfare Council. Retrieved from:

4.  California Homeless Youth Project. (2014). HIV and youth homelessness: Housing as health care. Retrieved from:

5.  National Center for Homeless Education. (2017). Federal data summary school years 2013-14 to 2015-16: Education for homeless children and youth. Retrieved from:






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School Supply List


2019 School Bus Donation Sites to drop off NEW donated school supplies August 9-11th only:

Arroyo Grande
Walmart, 1168 West Branch Street

San Luis Obispo
Staples, 2950 Broad Street 

Kmart, 3980 El Camino

Paso Robles
Staples, 160 Niblick Drive

Cookie Crock Market, 1240 Knollwood Drive


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Workplace Collection Sites

Join us and Stuff the Bus! Invite your co-workers and customers to donate school supplies at your office! Download the Toolkit to get started! 

2019 Workplace Collection Sites Partners:






2018 Stuff the Bus!
Check out for photos of the 2018 event.
Check out this video of KSBY news coverage from the 1st day of our 2018 Stuff the Bus Campaign
This is a list of our 2018 Workplace Collection Site Partners:
  1. Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes - 406 Higuera Street, Suite 120, San Luis Obispo - Contact Kristie at
  2. 1st Capital Bank - 142 Cross Street, Suite 130, San Luis Obispo - Contact Donna Milne at
  3. Sierra Vista Hospital - 1010 Murray Ave, San Luis Obispo - Contact Jennifer Wharton at
  4. Coastal Pediatric Dentistry - 620 California Blvd G, San Luis Obispo - Contact Amanda at
  5. Brain Boost Academy - 1544 W. Branch St. - Arroyo Grande - Contact Elise at
  6. French Hospital - 1911 Johnson Ave - San Luis Obispo - Contact Patty Herrera at
  7. Sheriff's Department South Substation - 1681 Front Street - Oceano - Contact Deputy Ron Slaughter at
  8. Sheriff's Department Main Station - 1585 Kansas Ave - San Luis Obispo - Contact Deputy Ron Slaughter at
  9. Sheriff's Department North Substation - 356 North Main Street - Templeton - Contact Deputy Ron Slaughter at
  10. Coir Enterprises & CRI Associates - 1320 Van Beurden Dr., Ste 202 - Los Osos - Contact Cassie Manson at