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

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 1 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.


Check Back for Volunteer Sign-Ups

Yes, we are collecting monetary donations for the school districts. There are several ways to donate this year:

– Text FTB to 30306 to donate

– or you can send a check to our office, please mark on the memo line

FTB school donation.


United Way of Northwest Arkansas

100 Parkwood St.

Lowell, AR 72745

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 text the code UWNWAFTB to 00-000.

I can’t participate during the actual event but I would like to host a school supply drive. How should I do that?

Email Rhonda Bramell at 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

What 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, 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 raised enough supplies to impact 35,337 students ensuring they had the supplies they needed to start the school year off right. The estimated value of these supplies is $1.4 million.

Impact Quote

“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. FPS is grateful for our partnership with the United Way and their support to equip our families with necessary tools for education.”


Supplies distributed to 13 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

Interested in volunteering with Fill The Bus?

Email if you are interested in volunteering