Stuff the Bus

Stuff The Bus

Independence County Community Rallies Together for a Successful "Stuff the Bus" Event

8/14/2023- The residents of Independence County came together on August 5th, 2023, to support a remarkable cause during the highly anticipated 11th annual "Stuff the Bus" event. The event, organized by The United Way of North Central Arkansas, aimed to collect food items and funds to address food insecurities within our local schools. We are thrilled to announce that the event was an overwhelming success, receiving an astonishing response from the community. 

Despite scorching temperatures, the community's dedication to helping those in need was unwavering. Hundreds of individuals, young and old, braved the heat to make a difference. Over 50 passionate volunteers generously devoted their time and energy to ensure the event's success. Their commitment and hard work played a pivotal role in the triumph of this event. 

The Batesville School District Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hester, graced the occasion with his presence, emphasizing the importance of community-driven initiatives. Their support and encouragement further motivated the attendees and volunteers, inspiring a sense of unity and purpose. 

The outpouring of support was truly heartwarming. The community's generosity resulted in the collection of an impressive 6,375 individual food items, providing much-needed sustenance to those children facing food insecurity. Additionally, the event raised over $2,000 in cash donations, allowing The United Way of North Central Arkansas to extend its impact and provide further assistance to each school district and their backpack program. 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the local businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of the event. A special mention goes to Coach Hodges of Southside Schools, who generously donated pizza to fuel the hardworking volunteers. Your kindness and support is greatly appreciated. 

The success of the "Stuff the Bus" event showcases the power of community collaboration and highlights Independence County's unwavering commitment to helping those children facing food insecurity. Executive Director Roxanne Ranaudo said, "I am incredibly proud to be a part of such a compassionate and caring community furthermore, an organization such as United Way of North Central Arkansas". 

For more information about The United Way of North Central Arkansas and their ongoing initiatives, please visit, or contact their office at 870-793-5991.