Cram the Van


Cram the Van, the school district approved supply drive, kicked off June 1 for the 2017-2018 school year. Serving the community since 1999, Cram the Van provides schools with the tools necessary to succeed and reduces the stress on teachers who spend their own money to supplement materials in the classroom. In Escambia County, 61 percent of our students are eligible for free or reduced lunches. By combining resources, our community can show a united effort as it supports our schools to ensure a brighter tomorrow.

In 2017, our generous community distributed over $42,000 in supplies to 68 area schools, helping over 7,488 students in need! This year, we had a total of 204 volunteers who collectively donated 455 hours of their time to sort, count, and distribute supplies. Over 44 local businesses held collection drives or donated supplies. Countless members of our community came together to ensure the success of our students and made a $94,000 impact in our schools. 

Ways to get involved:

GIVE: Host a school supply collection drive or make a donation. Collection drive efforts and donations directly impact a student’s ability to learn and send them back to school with a smile! 

VOLUNTEER: Individuals and groups can volunteer to support Cram the Van by helping with sorting, counting and distributing of school supplies. Volunteers are essential to supporting the 9,300 students who were given supplies last year. 

ADVOCATE: United we fight. United we win. Grow the impact of your caring by combining your independent school drive with Cram the Van. TOGETHER we can ensure more Escambia County students win. 

Have questions about the program? Contact Education Outreach Manager, Kristy Craig at or (850) 912-8176.