.Fill the Bus.

United Way of Northwest Arkansas and Walmart partner to “Fill the Bus” in NWA on July 31 and August 1, 2020.

 Program Initiative.

In partnership with Walmart, BIC, Crayola, Coca-Cola and Fiskars, Fill the Bus is an initiative that provides a step out of poverty for children in Northwest Arkansas. Fill the Bus is a school supply drive at the nine area Walmart Supercenters and supplies are entrusted to 13 area school districts serving children and their families. This program supports children in our community by helping them start school with confidence and gives them the literal tools they need to succeed.

United Way staff and volunteers will spend Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 filling the bus with school supplies at all the Walmart Supercenters in Benton, Madison, and Washington counties in Arkansas and McDonald County in Missouri.

Fill the Bus Honorary Chairs

  • Scott Bayles – Walmart
  • MiKaela Lemmon BIC USA, Inc. VP Sales – Walmart

36,000+

Fill the Bus raised enough supplies to impact 36,759 students ensuring they had the supplies they needed to start the school year off right.

15 School Districts

Supplies was distributed to 15 school districts in NWA and 1 in Southwest Missouri:

Bentonville • Decatur • Farmington • Fayetteville • Gravette • Huntsville • Lincoln • McDonald County • Pea Ridge • Prairie Grove • Rogers • Siloam Springs • Springdale• Rogers • Kingston • West Fork 

$1.47 million

Last year’s estimated value of supplies donated across all 15 school districts was $1.47 million!

Donate Supplies

Donate Money

This year we are collecting monetary donations and supply donations. Click on the button above to donate today. 

Volunteer

Please check back later for Volunteer sign-ups.

 FAQ.

How can my child get school supplies?

If your child(ren) are in need of school supplies please contact your school nurse and or school counselors.

Where do the supplies go?
Supplies collected from the buses during Fill the Bus weekend will go directly to school districts – distributed by school counselors, nurses and other personnel. Supplies collected through corporate drives will be directed to help rural school districts.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
To volunteer, sign up on the link on the page, sign ups open in May.
I can't participate in the actual event, but I would like to host a school supplies drive. How should I do that?

Email Rhonda Bramell at fillthebus@unitedwaynwa.org to request our Fill the Bus toolkit to host a school supply drive at your office.

What stores are participating this year?
  • 406 S. Walton Blvd, Bentonville
  • 3919 N. Mall Avenue, Fayetteville
  • 2875 W. Martin Luther King Blvd, Fayetteville
  • 121 Lee Street, Huntsville
  • 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd, Rogers
  • 2110 W. Walnut Street, Rogers
  • 2901 Highway 412, Siloam Springs
  • 4870 Elm Springs Road, Springdale
  • 2004 S. Pleasant Street, Springdale
  • 100 Commercial Lane, Pineville, Missouri
Which supplies are most needed?
Older kid supplies! Most people think about crayons and glue for little kids but do not purchase supplies for older students. Backpacks, loose leaf paper, folders with brads, 3 ring binders, highlighters, scissors, hand sanitizer, storage bags, tissues, etc. Lists of needed items will be provided at the Walmart locations during the event.
I'm REALLY passionate about helping kids start school with everything they need. How can I go above and beyond to help out?
Older student supplies! Most people think about crayons and glue for younger children but do not purchase supplies for older students. Backpacks, loose leaf paper, folders with brads, three ring binders, highlighters, scissors, etc.
Fill the Bus Testimonial:

“The average cost of school supplies can be very expensive and difficult to fit into a family’s budget. At the beginning of each school year, many parents have difficult choices to make as they juggle monthly expenses and back to school needs. Numerous families can afford one or the other, but not both. Fayetteville Public Schools is grateful for our partnership with the United Way and their support to equip our families with necessary tools for education.”