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Free school supplies Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

There are free school supplies given away all across Mecklenburg County. Charities, churches, volunteers and others help low income families get students the stuff they need for the school year. Everything from shoes to notebooks, free bookbags, sneakers, laptops, dresses, pens, pencils, gift cards, electronics and much more may be offered. The main events and giveaways are below, or for additional help or more assistance, try free clothing closets in Charlotte.

Most of the free school supply assistance programs are in the city of Charlotte. But they also generally cover Mecklenburg County as well as other outlying counties in the region. Thousands of kindergarten through high school students get help each year. Single moms and dads, the working poor, and those parents in a financial crisis (among others) are often the main recipients.

Find places to apply at and register for goods. Note Charlotte North Carolina area parents should plan on applying for financial help for their school supplies during the summer months. All assistance is first come-served.

Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc.
Address: 601 E. Fifth St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Intake number is 704-335-0601
The organization helps Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 kids. They cover over 40 districts in the county. Referrals are given to school supply services, books, free clothes and more. They also offer so much more, such as information on college scholarships, financial aid, SAT prep, internships, tutors and more. Back to school supplies, pens, crayons, and other items are the result of partnerships with charities.

Classroom Central
Main office is 2116 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Call 704-377-1740
The charity runs a Free Store. Free school items are given out all year round to needy parents and students. Hundreds of items may be given out, including but not limited too pens, pencils, notebooks, shoes, crayons, rulers, staplers, tablets (rarely) and so much more.




Salvation Army social services Mecklenburg County
Free school giveaways and donation drives are but one of their many seasonal services. The Christian Faith based church helps children, parents, and others. Free Christmas toys, food, school supply events, clothes, emergency financial help and much more is offered. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Charlotte.

Charlotte area churches
There are several that help low to moderate income families in an emergency. Free back to school supply events are but on assistance program. St. Vincent, Catholic Charities and other parishes help the less fortunate.  More on Mecklenburg County church assistance programs.

The Crisis Assistance Ministry
Location is 500 A Spratt St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28206
(704) 371-3001
A leading charity in the region. They offer free food, financial help, clothes, school supplies, applications to government grants and so much more. The free stuff can help students of all ages, and parents can also take advantage of educational or financial services.

University Soup Kitchen
Location is 5736 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28213
Call (980) 263-9348
A number of free items are offered, ranging from food to school supplies, Christmas gifts and more. Students from K to 12 can register for back to school supplies, which include backpacks, books, sneaks, clothes and more to get them prepared for the year.

Catholic Charities
Location is 1123 South Church Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203
Call (704) 370-6299
They have support programs for students from low-income households in Mecklenburg County, including immigrants and students from single mom or dad homes. Free clothes, basic school supplies and educational programs are available.

Mecklenburg County Supply Giveaways and Events
Since there are many towns, dozens of districts, and a tremendous need for school items (free or affordable) in the city and county, many groups work to help kids. The United Way is a great resources for finding events, free haircuts for kids, clothes, and more. Or learn about free laptop and Chrome book programs for online learning. For referrals call 211 for a program near you.





Camino Community Center
201 Stetson Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
Telephone number is (704) 596-5606
A few assistance programs are available. Health and Wellness clinics can give kids free immunizations for school, dental cleanings, and check ups. Hope Services can provide basic needs, like back to school items, clothes, food, and more.

By Jon McNamara

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