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Batesville, Arkansas, August 3rd 2024

We are excited to announce the highly anticipated 12th annual "

Stuff the Bus" event, where our community comes together to make a difference in the lives of local students. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, as we aim to provide essential supplies to those in need. 

The "Stuff the Bus" event will take place on Saturday, August 3rd at Walmart on Harrison Street in Batesville, Arkansas. We invite everyone, individuals and businesses alike to join us in this incredible initiative. Together, we can empower young minds and ensure every child has the tools to succeed academically. 

The primary goal of "Stuff the Bus" is to collect an assortment of school supplies that will be distributed to students from low-income families across our community. The need has shifted from school supplies to food items as schools now receive funding to cover many of the necessary school supplies. With school items being covered by grant funding the need for food pantry items to send home each night in children's backpacks has risen. These items include fruit and cereal bars, fruit and vegetable cups, pop tarts, pudding, canned pasta, ravioli, applesauce, granola bars, ramen noodles, fruit snacks, cereal, peanut butter, Vienna sausages, beanie weenies, pop top soups instant mac and cheese, and peanut butter crackers among other non-perishable items that children can access and prepare themselves. Food insecurity within our community is a concern many children face. By equipping students with these essential items, we help eliminate barriers to learning and promote educational equality. 

Here's how you can get involved:

1. Donate Food Items: We urge individuals and businesses to contribute food items to our cause. Look for designated donation bins at various locations throughout the city, or visit our website for drop-off locations and a list of suggested items.

2. Volunteer at the Event:  On the day of the event, we need enthusiastic volunteers to help collect, organize, and distribute the donated items. Join us in creating a positive impact and fostering a sense of community. 

3. Spread the Word: Share the news about the "Stuff the Bus" event on social media platforms, community bulletin boards, and with friends, family, and colleagues. The more people who know about it, the greater our collective impact will be. 

4. Organize a Collection Drive: Consider organizing a collection drive at your workplace, school, or community center. Encourage others to contribute items and help make a difference in the lives of local students. 

By coming together as a community we can support our students and ensure they have the resources they need to excel academically. Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a significant difference in a child's life. 

Join us at the "Stuff the Bus" event and be a part of this incredible initiative. Let's demonstrate the power of unity and generosity by helping our students thrive. Together, we can shape a brighter future. 

For more information about the event, including donation drop-off locations and volunteer opportunities, please visit our website or contact Melinda Light at 

Let's make this year's "Stuff the Bus" event a resounding success. Together, we can empower our students and pave the way for a more equitable education system. 

Event City
Event Location
Walmart: 3150 Harrison St. Batesville, Arkansas 72501