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Free school supplies in Baltimore County and City.

Low-income families in the Baltimore area (both city and county) can get free back to school supplies, clothes, books, and everything they need for an education. There are a number of charities, churches, and even government programs that operate each year. They give students from kindergarten to high school (even college) the free school supplies, uniforms, Chromebooks and clothes they need for the upcoming school year. Some of the programs are listed below, or for more options try a free clothing bank in Baltimore.

The assistance programs are extensive. There are also personal hygiene items often provided, such as soap, deodorant, shampoo and even hair-cuts. Baltimore City or County students can be provided a wide variety of free school items ranging from backpacks to notebooks, pens, pencils, chrome books or laptops, crayons, paper, highlighters, calculators and more. Free clothes are also given for school, and they will be for all ages and genders. There may be winter coats, shoes, pants, uniforms, dresses, shirts, jeans, and more.

Note the free school supplies programs in Baltimore rely on donations and volunteers. This means the exact goods given out each year may change, as well as the charity organizations that pass out school clothes or items.

Baltimore City as well as County Public Schools

  • The address of the city main office is 200 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202. Contact a guidance counselor. The office number is 443-984-2000 or 443-809-4554.
  • Students in Baltimore County, the main office address is 6901 North Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204. Contact the student’s guidance counselor, or call 443-809-4554 to see if free school supplies are offered.

They often have information on back to school supply programs, for both students as well as teachers. They work with companies, radio stations, stores like Wal-Mart and other to get students in the city the school supplies, books, clothes, and educational material they may need. There may be gift cards, vouchers for parents and personal toiletries.




Salvation Army back to school supply giveaways through the city and county
There are multiple locations across the city and county. Many assistance programs are offered, including multiple back to school supply events in the Baltimore area, free Angel Tree Christmas help, hot meals and free food from pantries and more. Find more details on free school supplies from Salvation Army in Baltimore.

Baltimore City Mayor's Office Of Constituent Services
The office holds a back to school rally each year. It is first come-served. There may be free food for parents/guardians, immunizations for kids, haircuts and school supplies. Companies contribute to the program to help children from low income or struggling households, including immigrants. Pens, bags, compasses, protractors, scissors, bags and many other items are offered. It normally takes place at 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Call 211 for information/referrals.

Church Of The Redeemed Of The Lord
4321 Old York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212-4727
Main number is 410-433-0426.
They help residents who go to Baltimore City schools. There are also free haircuts given. Most of the helf is for Pen Lucy, Govans, or Wilson Park.

Family League of Baltimore
Address is 2305 N. Charles St., Suite 200
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Address is (410) 662-5500

Community Crisis Center
Address is 725 Main Street
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136-2511
Telephone number is 410-526-7111
They generally offer school supply assistance programs year round, and it generally starts a few weeks before the year begins. Parents can also seek financial aid, case management, and other resources.

The Men And Families Center
2222 East Jefferson Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
Registration and applications are needed. Call (410) 614-5353 or 410-276-1297





Samaritan Community
Address is 1401 Bolton St.
Baltimore, MD 21217
For information, call (410) 669-1229
An in-kind donation program is offered, and this may include school supplies, clothes, furniture, computers and more. People from the region donate, and the charity passes the items (including for school) to qualified families. More on Baltimore Samaritan Community assistance programs.

Jesus House Baltimore
Address is 7710 Windsor Mill Road
Windsor Mill, Maryland 21244
Address is 410-521-4783
A back-to-school event is held. Based on donations, there may be uniforms, book bags, free backpacks for students, high lighters, binders, notebooks and so much more. Free food, groceries and snacks may also be given out to students, homeless families in shelters, single mothers and others.

The Free Store at Wish List Depot
10989 Red Run Boulevard
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Dial 410.946.9022
Students from K to 12 can get the items they need and teachers can get free supplies for their classroom in Baltimore. There may be paper, pens, backpacks, crayons for younger students, books, and other educational material. From time to time laptops may be available, based on donations.

Baltimore City and County Department of Social Services

  • Address of county is 700 East Joppa Road, Towson Maryland. Phone 1-800-332-6347
  • City DSS office is at 1910 N Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21213. Call (443) 378-4600.

Call case worker for referrals or details on local, free back to school supply giveaway events. They also have information on cash aid, food stamps, healthcare for needs and more. A clothing bank is also offered.


By Jon McNamara

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