Buying all of the supplies that a child needs for school can be expensive.

According to the Huntington Bank “Backpack Index,” costs in 2017 ranged from $662 for an elementary school student to $1,489 for a high school student. That may mean the choice between food or school supplies. Two local organizations are changing that.

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey Southern Branch and Boscov’s are working together on the seventh annual “Stuff The Bus” campaign. Press of Atlantic City Meteorologist Joe Martucci was at the bus Wednesday, accepting backpacks and school supplies to be given to area students.

“When students go back to school, they should start with all the tools necessary to succeed,” Martucci said. “Reducing the burden of students’ school supplies cost will give families more money to keep them hunger-free. This allows students to focus more and increase their energy. With less attention worrying about the tools they need, students will have a finely tuned tool of their own, their brain, where they can learn and grow.”

Those who wish to donate school supplies may drop them off at the bus outside Boscov’s in Egg Harbor Township. School supplies include copybooks, loose-leaf paper, pencil cases, pens, pencils, crayons, rulers and other items. Please submit the items in a backpack. In addition to directly giving supplies, you may donate $10, $15 or $20 to the bus attendent. The Community FoodBank will then purchase supplies with the funds to releave the stress on the neediest area students.

“Off The Press with Scott Cronick” will broadcast live from the Boscov’s on WOND-AM Friday afternoon.


This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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