Back-to-School is Looking Brighter, Thanks to Stuff the Bus!

Last year’s Stuff the Bus took a hybrid approach – supporting both in-person and online supply drives and expanding the event from one day to five. It was so successful that we decided to do it again!

This year, from August 1st – 5th, there were supply drop-offs, teams of volunteers counting and sorting donations, and United Way of Salt Lake staff stuffing and packing backpacks being delivered to 27 schools and seven community partner organizations from Davis to Canyons School Districts. Stretching the event from one day to five allowed for smaller groups and more volunteer opportunities while supplying more than 10,000 Utah students with the supplies they need to start school ready to learn.

Woman drops off supplies for Supply Drive Dropoff

Our incredible community came through for Utah kids, hosting 40 supply drives and accepting contributions from more than 36 supportive donors who ran virtual fundraisers that helped us raise more than $37,000. In total, the Salt Lake community helped provide more than 100,000 school supplies to local students, including:

  • Volunteers stuffing backpacks at Stuff the BusPencils: 15,802
  • Pens: 5,065
  • Folders: 2,296
  • Glue Sticks: 1,385
  • Highlighters: 945
  • Notebooks (70-sheet): 2,610
  • Beveled Erasers: 2,455
  • Crayola Crayons (24-pks.): 2,447
  • Markers (8-pks.): 1,106
  • Colored Pencils (12-pks.):  421
  • Scissors (5-inch): 247

This year, educators are facing the impacts of inflation; the need for supplies is greater than ever. Asking for everything from 5-inch scissors to 10-packs of colored pencils, backpacks to ballpoint pens, teachers know that starting the year strong can have impacts that last beyond the first days of school.

Here’s the breakdown of this year’s donations and supply drive collections:

Stuff the bus infographic of number of supplies donated



Check out KSL TV’s coverage of the event!



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By Jessica Gezon, Sr. Content Manager, United Way of Salt Lake