Free free school supplies in Atlanta and surrounding counties.
There are some programs and agencies in the Atlanta region that focus on giving free school supplies to less fortunate kids. There may be clothes, backpacks, Chromebooks and other items for students from K to 12. The assistance is for all counties in the Atlanta region, including Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett County among others. The list below is only a sampling of free back to school supply events and programs. There are many other options too, and find more help from free clothing closets in Atlanta.
All these events come and go. They are not always offered each year, so it is recommended to call in advance for specifics. Also, the type of school supplies given out will vary. The agencies depend on the work of volunteers as well as donations from people and businesses across the Atlanta region. What may be given out to less fortunate students is the result of donations and volunteer work, but it includes:
-Writing materials, including pens, pencils, or notebooks.
-Students may be given electronics, including computers, calculators, tablets, or even free laptop computers.
-School clothing items, such as uniforms, shoes, boots, jackets, pants, dresses, socks, and more.
-Additional supplies may be backpacks and other goods, free gift cards, and other vouchers.
As we noted, the list below is only a small sampling of where to get school supplies in the greater Atlanta and surrounding area, including Fulton, DeKalb, and other communities. We also referenced a referral line below, and we have a link to more clothing closets in the region above. Most of the assistance is first come and served.
Georgia Department of Education and Atlanta City School District
Students from any very low-income family, single moms or dads or the poor can get help. The state gives vouchers for free back to school supplies, basic clothing, shoes, winter coats, and other goods. All school supplies are first come-served for students in Atlanta Public School District.
- Address is 130 Trinity Ave., SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Dial (404) 802-3500
- 6201 Powers Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30315. Call (470) 254-3600
Antioch Urban Ministries
Location is 466 Northside Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Dial (404) 524-9775
The charity assists people from all metro counties, including Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale. There is a free clothing closet that may have school clothes during the summer. Children from all grades can get the uniforms, shoes, and items they need for school, and some free supplies may be offered as well such as backpacks and more.
Atlanta Inner-City Ministry
Main address is 1966 Lakewood Terr.
Atlanta, GA 30315
Phone number is (404) 622-7931
There is a youth program. Some limited back to school supplies may be offered or clothes in Fulton County. Notebooks, backpacks, sneakers, belts, jackets and even pens or pencils.
Alive Christian Center
Main number is 102 S. Fairground St.
Marietta, GA 30060
The faith-based group runs an annual back to school event and supply giveaway. Volunteers hand out items there are also meals served, snacks given, and much more. The free event can help hundreds of kids get the uniforms, shoes, backpacks, books, and other supplies they may need.
Salvation Army of Georgia
Of course, there are centers around the greater Atlanta area and nearby counties including Cobb, Cowetta, DeKalb, and others. Each location collects surplus items ranging from toys to used computers, clothes, shoes, and more. Volunteers sort the goods, including school supplies, coats, and other goods and then pass them for free to students. There may be calculators for students of all ages, free crayons for younger kids, pens, notebooks, backpacks and more much more. Find more on Salvation Army programs in Georgia.
Antioch AME Church
765 South Hairston Road
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Phone - 404-299-3388
Back-2-School Jamboree – this is held at the Midway Recreation Center
Address is 3181 Midway Road
Phone number - 404-294-3150
Food giveaways, dozens of uniforms, and other goods are given out.
ReNew Atlanta Back to School Festival - Address is Capital Gateway Apartments
Address is 256 Memorial Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Main number is 404-549-3823
Dental screenings and backpacks filled school supplies, games, books, and more is given out. This is only for people in the apartment complex.
Families First, Inc.
Non-profit is at 80 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Telephone - (404) 853-2844
Free back to school supplies are given to low income households in the region. Students from pre-K to college may be given educational material
Churches including Lift Up Atlanta
Items available may be Ballpoint Pens, New backpacks, Colored Pencils, 3 Ring Binders, Large Erasers, Index Cards, Box of Crayons, Rulers, Kid Friendly Scissors, Staplers, Notebook Paper, pencils, highlighters and more. Each faith-based church in the greater Metropolitan area (as well as suburbs) has their own form of school assistance program. There are several to call. Read more on Atlanta church assistance programs.
Columbia Residential Back to School Bash at Carver High School
Office address - 55 McDonough Blvd. SE
Main phone - 404-874-5000
For income qualified students that registered, hundreds of backpacks filled with free back to school items are given out.
3385 Harrison Road
East Point, GA
Main phone - 404-766-4272
They offer clothing, donation, furniture, housing, and more to families of all races, religions, and backgrounds. A focus of school supply assistance programs are on minorities though, including African Americans and immigrants in the Atlanta and surrounding area. More on Urban League assistance in greater Atlanta.
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
1454 Florence St.
Augusta, GA 30901
A low-cost thrift store and school supply giveaway takes place.
Austell Community Taskforce
Location is 875 Riverside Prkwy., Bldg. 2
Austell, GA 30168
An annual back to school Jam is held. The Back-2-School event provides snacks, backpacks, and other goods to less fortunate students. They may be given pens, pencils, notebooks, and other items for the upcoming year.
Gwinnett County Government Information Lines
Main address is 75 Langley Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
The phone number is 211. This will provide callers information on various financial assistance programs, ranging from school supplies to food, free clothes, medical care, and more. A focus is always on helping children from all races, ages, and backgrounds get the food, care, and even educational supplies they need.
BGCNCG (Boys and Girls Club) Holiday Cheer of Coweta County
Address is Community Kids, 15 Perry St.
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 683-7229 or dial (770) 267-8034
Communities in Schools- Henry County Parent Expo
330 E. Tomlinson St. Rm. 418
McDonough, Georgia 30252
For information on getting help, dial (678) 432-4499
Buckhead Christian Ministry
Main address for the charity is 2847 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
For information, dial (404) 239-0058
Free gift certificates for back to school shopping seasons, books, computers, educational supplies, pens, pencils, backpacks and many other free school items may be passed out. It depends on donations and demands too.
Miracle Mission Hope House, Inc./MMHH
466 Simpson St.
McDonough, GA 30253
Main number (770) 412-2950
The Henry County agency supports children from low income households. Everything from medical care to hot meals, school supplies, and much more may be passed out.
Boys & Girls Club of Walton County
405 Community Ct.
Monroe, GA 30655
(770) 267-8034 ext. 125
Seasonal assistance programs range from free holiday toys and meals to a back to school supply drive.
Seasonal and emergency, one-off events
There are many corporations, public service agencies, schools, fire and police departments and other groups that organize occasional events. All of them collect school items from the public and then provide them to students from low to moderate income families as well as single moms in the Atlanta area. There may also be hygiene items, haircuts for students, clothes and more. Dial (404) 614-1000 for the events.
- Let's Move! DeKalb Expo - Exchange Multipurpose Center - Location is 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, Note the event is usually held during July. Dial 678-819-3663 for latest details.
- GELC of Atlanta - Address: 6330 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, Georgia, A back to school block party is normally held... Children of all ages can be given a bookbag full of free supplies, paper, pens, and other goods.
- Back to School and Health Fair at West End Church of Christ, 1303 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, GA. Everyone from preschoolers to college kids can get help. There are computers, books, gently-used uniforms, school supplies, and more. Heath checks are even given too, as well as referrals to free immunization programs.
- Grace and Mercy Back to School Bash – Salem Park, Address: 5280 Salem Road, Lithonia, Georgia. There are free hygiene supplies (even haircuts!) for boys and girls. Also uniforms, school supplies, shoes, and other goods are given out.