Cram the Van


Cram the Van, the school district approved supply drive, will kick off June for the 2017-2018 school year. Serving the community since 1999, Cram the Van provides students 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 2016, our generous community distributed $78,000 in supplies to 61 area schools, helping over 9,300 children in need. 130 volunteers gave 630 hours of their time to sort, count and package supplies. Over 35 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: Businesses and organizations can host a collection drive or make a donation. Individuals can drop off supplies at various locations in Escambia County. Why GIVE?  Through collection drive efforts and donations, we can directly impact our students' ability to learn and send them back to school with a smile.

VOLUNTEER: Many exciting opportunities are available for individuals and groups to volunteer with Cram the Van. Volunteer at the annual Cram-A-Thon or help with the sorting, counting and distributing of school supplies. Why VOLUNTEER?  Our volunteers play an integral part in the success of the program's ability to allocate the donated supplies and calculate the collective impact.  More information about specific volunteer opportunities can be found here.

For more information on how to get involved with Cram the Van for the 2016-17 school year, please call 850-434-3157 or email See the program flyer here. To notify your child’s school that he or she needs supplies, dial 2-1-1.