The S.T.U.F.F. Bus (Supplying Things U Find Fundamental) is a self-confidence building program that provides essential supplies and clothing to students and their families experiencing economic difficulties. Supplies include, but are not limited to: new and gently used clothing, jackets, hygiene products, shoes, undergarments, and school supplies.
Without this program, many Flagler students would not have the supplies needed to be able to focus on obtaining an education. Each year the Flagler County Education Foundation assists thousands of families through the S.T.U.F.F. Bus initiatives.
The S.T.U.F.F. Bus seeks to provide immediate support to our school communities by nurturing the social, physical, emotional and academic well being of our youth by providing essentials to all students. This program is specifically designed to keep students from feeling shamed for needing assistance. Since 2010, we have served over 20,000 students, thousands of pounds of clothing and supplies.
"Life can change in the blink of an eye. I’m so thankful for the STUFF Bus and the 'giving' community that we live in. 'Thank you' feels inadequate for the help that we received this year. We are very grateful!"
- S.T.U.F.F. Bus Recipient
The Flagler County Education Foundation has created an efficient system for collecting and distributing supplies into schools. When the program first started the bus use to visit each school on a weekly basis with needed supplies. Supplies would be ready for teachers and social workers to shop for free, however, due to the demand for items, the bus now is used to visit community members to pick-up items and to conduct monthly supply drives. Each of the 10 public schools in Flagler now have their own clothing closet with easier and faster access for designated school personnel.
Flagler County reported over 600 identified homeless children last year, and with close to 70 % of all students on free or reduced lunch plans due to living below the poverty level. The S.T.U.F.F. Bus has created a teacher referral system so more children can be identified and served. This program helps alleviate absenteeism, transient students, and low self-esteem among students. Studies have shown many students do not come to school because they do not have appropriate clothes, school supplies or basic hygiene necessities.
Students are struggling now more than ever from problems caused by situational poverty. One of the most crippling problems districts face across the country is poverty. Lack of resources, whether it is food, school supplies, hygiene products or clothing, has a detrimental impact on not only a student’s academic success, but also their social, emotional, and behavioral growth.
Schools are charged with assisting families with a variety of issues, including clothing issues. Please help us remove this barrier to their academic and emotional success at school and in the community. Donate today.
Special Note: A huge thank you to former Flagler County Education Foundation Board Member Mrs. Pat Bueltman. Pat serves as the volunteer S.T.U.F.F. Bus Manager, and has since it’s inception in 2010. Another one of our volunteer hero’s is Scott Combs, who drives the bus when needed. He has also been on our team since 2010. If were not for these two, the S.T.U.F.F. Bus would have never gotten out of the garage.
Please download the S.T.U.F.F. Bus Wish List and organize a donation drive! Also, to volunteer with the S.T.U.F.F. Bus download a volunteer application today.