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 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: 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. 

School Supply List: 
#2 pencils
Composition notebooks (wide and college ruled)
Copy paper
Crayola Crayons
Dry erase markers
Elmer’s glue (bottles and sticks)
Fiskars scissors
Folders with pockets and prongs
Notebook paper (wide and college ruled)
Pens (black and blue)
Plastic Pencil Boxes
Zippered binders

Drop-off Locations:
Angels Garden (1208 N 12th Ave)
Beach Community Bank- Garden St. (33 West Garden Street)
Beach Community Bank- Nine Mile (9329 Palafox Street)
Beach Community Bank-Cordova (4465 Bayou Blvd)
Central Credit Union--Cordova Office (4964 Bayou Blvd)
Central Credit Union--Downtown Office (308 North Spring Street)
Central Credit Union-Home Office (1200 E 9 Mile)
Central Credit Union--W St Office (6200 North W. Street)
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (30 S Spring Street)
Newks – Downtown (400 E Chase Street)
Pensacola State College Bookstore (1000 College Blvd, Student Center, Building 5)
Virginia College (312 E 9 Mile Road, Suite 34)
Walmart (2650 Creighton Rd)
Walmart (4600 Mobile Hwy #122)
WEAR-TV Channel 3 (4990 Mobile Hwy)
United Way of Escambia County (1301 W Government Street)
Sandy Sansing Pensacola Dealerships (ANY)

To notify your child's school that he or she needs supplies, dial 2-1-1. 

Ready to volunteer? Get connected today by emailing or calling (850) 912-8163. Have questions about the program? Contact Education Outreach Manager, Sarah St. Ores at or (850) 912-8176.