Free school supplies in Suffolk and Middlesex County Massachusetts.

Free back to school supply assistance programs help low income families and students in the Boston region. There are charities and churches in Middlesex as well as Suffolk County that give out uniforms, clothes, backpacks, notebooks, laptops, and many other types of free school supplies. Items are often given away in the summer and fall to students from all grades, races, religions, languages, as well as immigrants. The list below is a sampling, and find other free clothing closets in Suffolk County as well as Middlesex County free clothing closets.

The low income school supply programs can provide kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school students with many different types of items. There may be pens or pencils; book bags or backpacks; clothes like shoes, sneakers, socks, belts, pants, and more; laptops or free computers; highlighters, glue, and so much more. The free school supply giveaways in Boston, Cambridge, Lowell and other towns and cities in Suffolk and Middlesex County vary widely.

Somerville Hispanic SDA Church
Church address 59 Cross St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 776-7515
Students under 12 can sign up for the back to school party. Free supplies, pens, notebooks, and other good are offered. ESL classes, school supplies are given to immigrants, and more. They also arrange tutoring, bookbags, computer labs, and after school snacks.

Hope Fellowship Church
Address is 16 Beech Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
Call (617) 868-3261
A number of resources are offered for Middlesex County. Food, clothes, meals or free school supplies for students, shelter and more. Donated clothes, bags, and uniforms are part of the school supply events.

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army Back to School Supply events
There are multiple events and locations in Suffolk as well as Middlesex County. The faith based charity helps students age 17 and younger. Free school supplies, hygiene or personal goods, clothes, and more are offered. They partner with stores to give out gift cards, help minorities and immigrants, and do what they can for educational needs. Find more on Salvation Army assistance programs in Middlesex and Suffolk County.

Natick Service Council – Backpack, Seasonal and Holiday Program
Main address of the non-profit 2 Webster Street
Natick Massachusetts 01760
Call 508-655-1791
A fall backpack program is for children, teens, and even adults going to college. There is a holiday program, birthday assistance (toys), gifts, paper goods and more.

ICNA Relief Massachusetts
Main regional office is at 100 Malcolm X Blvd
Boston, Massachusetts
Main phone – 347-754-1067
Backpacks, school supplies are given to parents, including immigrants and Spanish speakers. They also help teachers in the Boston region get supplies, books, and educational material for their classrooms.

ABCD North End West End
1 Michelangelo St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-8125
Adopt a Family is offered for clothes, Christmas toys, and school supplies. There is food, housing search assistance, free books, access to internet for students (or parents), senior care and other aid. The back to school supply basic needs program is only one service.

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts School on Wheels
100 Laurel Street
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts 02333
508-587-9091
The non-profit operates across the state, including Middlesex as well as Suffolk County. Backs are provided to students of all ages, and the free school backpacks have pens, paper, calculators, books, and other needed supplies.

United Way of Tri County
Main address is 46 Park Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Dial 877-211-6277 or 888-811-3291
They do not give supplies themselves but rather direct families to local charities, events, giveaways and churches. Learn about everything from free haircuts for students to supplies, laptops, mentoring programs, gift certificates or vouchers, clothes, and more. Even Feeding America backpack program for free food and snacks is offered.

Volunteers of America (VOA) of Massachusetts
Main office is at 441 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 522-8086
They offer many assistance programs. For the school year is the regional as well as national Operation Backpack. It is run in partnership with non-profits.

Arlington Street Church
351 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
For hours or donations, dial (617) 536-7050

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (Middlesex and Suffolk County)
There are multiple locations of SVDP. Thrift stores, clothing and furniture banks, school supply parties and giveaways, and other events. There may also be financial aid as well as free, emergency clothing programs. Get school items too even like books, bags, boots, winter jackets, backpacks, highlighters and so much more.

Project Just Because, Inc.
109 South St
Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01748
Phone: (508) 435-6511
Online and mail in forms are used to request free school supplies, food, baked goods, and hygiene supplies. Supplies can be mailed to the needy home as well.

 

 

 

Central Food Ministry
Main address - 370 W 6th St.
Lowell, Massachusetts 01850
Main phone number is (978) 454-7445
The disadvantaged can not only get free food or groceries, but also clothes and educational support, including for Spanish speakers.

Beverly Bootstraps - Youth & Family Services
Mailing address 35 Park Street
Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
978-927-1561
Services include youth literacy programs, free holiday gifts/toys, tutoring or back to school supplies.

Boston Dream Center
58 Winter Pl
Boston, MA 02108
Dial (617) 350-5555
They work with local community centers in the city of Boston and countywide. Free clothes for kids, belts, shoes, school supply items, books, and more. The charity helps low income students get the supplies, clothes, electronics for what they need for the school year.

Cradles to Crayons
Address: 281 Newtonville Ave
Newtonville, Massachusetts 02460
Phone: (617) 779-4700
The Boston Backpack-a-thon is an annual school supply giveaway. It is for kids up to age 12. When donations allow, teenagers may be assisted too.

Community Teamwork
607 North Ave
Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880
Phone: (781) 245-4195 or (978) 459-0551 or (978) 934-8898
A regional free Coats for Kids program is offered. There are hats, gloves, free winter coats or jackets, boots and outerwear.  These can get students (and even adults) warm during the winter. Other school clothing items are offered too.

Catholic Charities as well as the Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
Primary telephone - Phone: 617-254-0100
Free stuff as well as assistance is for local families, immigrants (documented or not), single moms or pregnant women, and Spanish speakers.

East End House
105 Spring Street
Cambridge MA 02141
617-876-4444
A one time per year Back to School Drive is held.

 

 

 

 

SHA4CD - Kids in Need - 59 Cross Street
Location is 59 Cross Street
Somerville Massachusetts 02145
Call (617) 776-7515
Year round assistance is offered. Books toys for kids (birthday or Christmas), books, clothes, and more. A free back to school party too includes haircuts, backpacks, clothes, shoes, and more. A holiday Kids in Need program is offered too.

RESPOND Community Based Services Center
617-625-5996
They only help women fleeing domestic violence. Legal aid, hotel vouchers, clothes, school supplies, and other goods.

 

By Jon McNamara

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