United Way of Acadiana’s annual school supply drive for children in need across Acadiana begins Monday, July 24.

The United Way of Acadiana reports that donations to last year's Stuff the Bus school supply drive totaled more than 85,000 supplies for forty-two schools and programs in the region.

Two hundred and fifty Kits for Kidz, filled with 40 items each, were distributed to 25 teachers in partnership with the Lafayette School Credit Union. An additional 200 stuffed backpacks were provided to the Vermilion Parish School System in partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Finally,50 filled backpacks were donated to St. Martin Parish’s annual Back to School Bash.

United Way invites area citizens, employees at local business and organizations to 'stuff the bus' along with the generous sponsorships by Cargill Salt, Cox Communications, Lafayette Parish School System and KATC Tools for Schools.

Click here to coordinate an internal school supply drive at your business or organization, or for information on volunteering to help collect.

Toolkits including flyers with drop - off locations, times, and printable flyers are also available at the link above.

After supplies are sorted they will be distributed the week of August 14 Acadiana schools.

Stuff the Bus school supply donations can be dropped off at these locations:

Acadia Parish

Acadia Parish School Board
2402 North Parkerson Ave.
Crowley, LA 70527
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-F 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lafayette Schools Credit Union – Acadia Branch
331 Odd Fellows Rd.
Crowley, LA 70526
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

St. Martin Parish

St. Martin Parish School Board
Department of Administration
625 Corporate Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
Drop off July 24 – August 3
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vermilion Parish

Vermilion Parish City Hall
101 North State St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
101 East Vermilion St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
Drop off July 29
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lafayette Parish

Lafayette Schools Credit Union
724 Veterans Dr.
Carencro, LA 70520
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lafayette Schools Credit Union – Lafayette Branch
515 Guilbeau Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-F 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

T-Mobile
5709 Johnston St., Suite B
Lafayette, LA 70503
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-F 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Stuff the Bus Event: Saturday, August 5
Time TBA

United Way of Acadiana
215 E. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette LA, 70501
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-Th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
F 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Toys “R” Us
5700 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Drop off in lobby July 24 – August 3
M-F 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Stuff the Bus Event: Friday, July 28
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Recommended supplies include: (I = individual, P= packs)

Pencils (I)
Pens (I)
Crayons (P)
Markers (P)
Glue Sticks (I)
Glue Bottles (I)
Spiral Notebooks (I)
Loose Leaf Paper (P)
Scissors (I)
Colored Pencils (P)
Construction Paper
Wedge Erasers (I)
Pencil Top Erasers (I)
Paper Towels
Kleenex
Ziploc Bags
Binders
Rulers
Highlighters
Index Cards
Hand Sanitizer
Pencil Boxes/Bags
Baby Wipes
Book Sacks
Dry Erase Markers
Pencil Sharpeners
Folders
Uniforms