Stuff the Bus


Springfield, MA (8/22/2022)— United Way of Pioneer Valley will deliver backpacks throughout Hampden County for its Stuff the Bus initiative on the morning of August 23rd.  Stuff the Bus provides backpacks filled with school supplies for students who are homeless throughout Hampden County, Granby, and South Hadley.

United Way works with the McKinney-Vento representatives in each school district to gather the number of students K-12 who are homeless.  This year there are more than 2,000 students in need.  United Way relies on donations of school supplies from the community, and volunteers assist with the packing.

“We are fortunate to have generous donors who want to ensure that every student begins the school year with the supplies they need.  And we are grateful to Peter Pan Bus Lines, who lend a bus and driver each year to deliver the backpacks to the school districts,” said Paul Mina, President and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley.

United Way of Pioneer Valley employees will work with volunteers to “Stuff the Bus” at 8 AM on Tuesday morning, and deliveries will take place throughout the morning.