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Free back to school supplies in Greater Birmingham area.

Low income families across the Birmingham Alabama region can get free back to school supplies including clothes, notebooks, backpacks, book bags, Chromebooks and many other items. There are school supply drives and giveaways that take place in the region, including Jefferson County as well as Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair, Shelby, and Walker County. Single moms or dads as well as two parent households can get, for free, the school items their children need. The list below is only a sampling, or find other free clothing closets in Jefferson County.

All sorts of supplies can be passed out, and it is based on donations. There may be notebooks, pens, pencils, backpacks, bags, tablets, and clothes (including shoes, pants, jeans, dresses, socks, etc.). Birmingham Alabama residents may also get free gift cards or certificates to shop at stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, and other places. Some students may be given free laptops or Chromebooks for online learning..

The free school supply giveaway events generally take place in the summer or fall are are for students from grades K to 12. However some charities or churches may offer year round assistance as well. Hours and resources vary.

Rotaract Club of Birmingham
2019 4th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
Dial  (205) 251-1995.
Programs include Ready to Read (library books) as well as Ready to Succeed, which is information on free scholarships.

Family Services Faith Based Charity - Jefferson County and Birmingham
The charity/church offers many social services and emergency aid. Clothes for kids (or parents or job seekers) as well as donated toys, school supplies, computers, tablets, and more. Self-sufficiency is a focus, which includes helping with school, educational, and employment needs. More on Birmingham Family Services.

Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
1101 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Birmingham, AL 35211
Phone: (205) 251-5173
Programs include a food pantry, summer snacks for students, sneakers, notebooks, bags, and other free educational supplies.




Birmingham Urban League
Main address is 1229 3rd Ave N
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Main phone number is (205) 326-0162
This agency offers many career and educational programs. The League supports Shelby, Chilton, Jefferson and the entire Greater Birmingham MSA. There are computer labs, educational resources, some free supplies for college or ESL, and other services.

Roosevelt City Recreation Center
5904 Higan Ave
Birmingham, AL 35228
(205) 425-1531
Once each year there is the Motivational School Supply Giveaway. Call them for dates.

More Than Conquerors Faith Church
Location is 1327 Dennison Ave SW
Birmingham, Alabama 35211
Phone: (205) 322-2644

Assistance League of Birmingham
1745 Oxmoor Rd
Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 870-5555
Jefferson, Shelby, Chilton County low income families can apply for Operation School Bell. There are books, pencils, school supplies for kids up through senior year in high school. Or get meals, food, and snacks. A national non-profit for the less fortunate, vulnerable, and immigrants among others.

Salvation Army Social Services in Greater Birmingham
There are location in Jefferson, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair, Shelby, and Walker County. Free back to school supply events are held by the faith based charity. Donations and volunteers are always needed. Book bags, backpacks, notebooks, highlighters, games, and other help for students. There may be emergency financial aid, food, Christmas toys, clothes and free vouchers too. Read more on Salvation Army assistance in Alabama.





Helpline Christian Outreach
8 Roebuck Dr
Birmingham, AL 35215
Main telephone number is (205) 833-7712
Low income families with children of all ages can get assistance. There is a clothes closet and thrift store, vouchers for back to school supplies, toys, books, and more.

Birmingham City Schools Special Needs
2015 7th Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35202
Phone 205-231-4600
They only give free supplies, medical equipment, and more to students with special needs, whether a mental or physical disability or those that need help learning. Can assist the blind, deaf, and others. Books, medical or mobility equipment, clothes, and other free back to school supplies.

EACM - Eastern Area Christian Ministries
Non-profit address is 8002 2nd Ave S
Birmingham, Alabama 35206
Phone: (205) 836-9932
A faith based charity. Financial aid, gift certificates, partners with Wal-Mart and Dollar stores in Jefferson County and other emergency assistance. Free clothes, school items, books, shelter, housing, and other programs.

The Central Alabama United Way
3600 8th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35222.
Dial 888.421.1266
The non-profit has a free back to school supply drive. It may pass out items such as Crayons, Hand sanitizer, Markers, Rulers, Erasers, Binders, Notebooks, Scissors, Glue, paper, and more. Get referrals to tablet programs for students, laptop programs and other free back to school events.





My Child's Closet
Location is 309 23rd St N
Birmingham, AL 35203
Call 205-541-8436
A client choice clothing closet. There be free clothes or uniforms for students of all ages and genders. Underwear, socks, sneakers, pants and more. From time to time some small, free school supplies (such as a backpack) may be available.

YWCA of Central Alabama
Main address: 309 23rd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Dial 205-322-9922
My sister closet has items for young girls and older students too. They help women gain skills, assist students, provide free hygiene items and other support. The focus is on education and breaking the cycle of poverty.

By Jon McNamara











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