Help provide school supplies to local students experiencing homelessness during the Stuff the Bus campaign


The 2022 Stuff the Bus school supply drive officially kicks off today as the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) team up for eighth grade consecutively to help local students who are homeless.

More than 18,000 school-age children in San Diego County have been identified as homeless. SDCOE and SDCCU – along with iHeartMedia and grocery stores Ralphs and Food 4 Less – aim to raise thousands of dollars in online and in-store donations to buy pencils, pens, binders, pencils, backpacks and more during the SDCCU Campaign Stuff the bus. A portion of the donations will also help San Diego Youth Services provide meals to homeless youth through its various food programs.

“We know families in our communities are struggling,” said Susie Terry, homeless education services coordinator with the San Diego County Office of Education. “Each year, this drive allows us to lighten some of their burden as they prepare to go back to school. Every spring, we hear from local schools asking if we will have supplies again and letting us know how much it means for families to receive them. We are very grateful for our continued partnership with SDCCU and the impact of Stuff the Bus! »

The Stuff the Bus campaign will collect monetary donations online or in-store at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store in the county. Donations are welcome regardless of the amount. Donations are welcome regardless of amount; for example, $20 will cover the cost of a backpack full of supplies for an elementary student, while $25 will cover the cost of a backpack and supplies for a high school student. More information is available at www.sdcoe.net/stuffthebus.

The SDCCU Stuff the Bus campaign, which runs throughout July, also partners with local radio stations iHeartMedia Star 94.1, JAM’N 95.7 and Channel 93.3 for special appearances and live interviews.

“We are extremely grateful to members of the San Diego community who have shown their support each year for area students experiencing homelessness,” said San Diego County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gothold. “Our students and their families continue to face daily challenges, and even the smallest donation during this campaign can have a big impact. We want to make sure our most vulnerable students have what they need to participate in school and be able to focus on learning.

In 2021, the Stuff the Bus campaign raised over $100,000 in monetary donations to help purchase over 7,900 backpacks filled with supplies for students in San Diego County.

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