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Free school supply programs in Cleveland.

During the June through September months there are various free school supply giveaway events in the greater Cleveland area. Students can get everything from backpacks to uniforms, laptops, meals boxes and more. The programs cover both the city of Cleveland itself as well as the outlying counties, including Cuyahoga and others. The list of free back to school supply events below include only some of the options available for anyone in need of help. Additional resources include free clothing closets in the Cleveland region.

Note the programs listed below may not be offered each and every year. It is recommended to call in advance. However, some agencies, such as the Salvation Army in Cleveland, will always provide free school supplies, clothes, book bags, shoes and more every year depending on donations. Many also try to give students from K-12 laptops or Chromebooks for distance learning. Another place to turn to for guaranteed assistance each year is the United Way, as this non-profit also runs annual programs.

Volunteers as well as donations allow these organizations to operate. Therefore, resources vary. But generally, a low income or single parent or a family living in poverty with students in school may be given free “basic” supplies. This can be pens, pencils, book or lunch bags, clothing items, and more. Some events may also provide kids with snacks, haircuts, and address any other hygiene needs. Find more details below on where to go and apply at.

Carroll County Fairgrounds – There is a one time school event that give supplies for kids up to 5th grade. There is also safety information on riding a bus or car to school.
Location of the giveaway - 106 Kensington Rd. NE
Carrollton, OH 44615
Call (330) 627-4866 ext. 57 for days of the year.

Salvation Army in Cleveland area
They hold many season events. One is the back to school supply drive. Thousands of kids are supported each year. They are given supplies they need, and the program is for all ages. Free books, games, bags, toys, and more are offered across Northeast Ohio. Find Salvation Army assistance in Cleveland.

Of course, there are other Salvation Army centers in Ohio that may assist too. They often focus on neighboring counties. They also have free school supply programs as well as give clothes, including uniforms or winter jackets or boots. Find a local Ohio Salvation Army center.




The Boys & Girls Club Cleveland
Address is 6114 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, OH. 44127
The main office number - 216.883.2106
In addition to programs such as after school care, they work with charities, churches, and non-profits in the community to collect supplies. They will pass them out to needy students one time per year in a big event.

  • Andrew J. Rickoff, 3500 E. 147th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44120. Phone - (216) 501-9188
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt is at 800 Linn Drive, Cleveland, OH 44108. Main number - (216) 346-5628
  • Lincoln West Teen Center club may give out supplies from 3202 West 30th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109. Main number - (216) 459-2697
  • East Tech Teen Center - 2439 East 55th Street, Cleveland, OH 44104.
  • Luis Munoz Marin - 1701 Castle Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Number is (216) 459-2697
  • Michael R. White center for boys and girls - 1000 E. 92nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44108. Call (216) 451-7013
  • Mound, 5935 Ackley Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44105. Main number - (216) 341-2671
  • Saint Luke’s Manor address is 2705 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Cleveland, OH 44104. For hours, dial (216) 400-8212
  • Walton Club address is 3409 Walton Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113. Main number (216) 838-7523

Abundant Life Fellowship
46469 State Route 46
New Waterford, Ohio 44445
Phone - (330) 457-7317
They give items to residents/kids in the Columbiana, Crestview, East Palestine, Leetonia, Lisbon, and Beaver Local districts.

North Canton Church of Christ
1301 E. Maple St.
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 499-4303
A free school supply giveaway is held each year. Students, teachers, kids from single mother households can get free school supplies, personal toiletries and even help such as haircuts.

Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center
Location is 3631 Perkins Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (216) 361-0840
The non-profit collects items from the community. They provide free classroom supplies to teachers as well as items for students. There may be small items, like pens, pencils, and the like. Or get backpacks, lunchboxes and more goods.





Alliance Friends Church
1307 W. State St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Main number is (330) 823-4210
Volunteers and community members help the poor. They feed them, give their kids free back to school supplies, and provide other support.

United Way
The national non-profit operates a help center in Cleveland and nearby counties. Specialists direct callers (for free) to local resources for their needs. Whether it is funds to pay a bill, the USDA free school lunch program, or free supplies or laptops for their kids, help is offered. They can also refer students to places for free haircuts (for the school year), summer camp, and other educational resources. Call 211.

  • City Kids Care Back to School Giveaway & Fun Day, 1319 Florencedale Ave.. Youngstown, OH 44505

Lakewood New Life Church's
14224 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Main number is (216) 221-6174
All supplies, including notebooks, scissors, winter hats, etc. are first come and served.

Dover Foursquare Church - Wing Center - The Summit Dover
Address is 302 E. Slingluff Ave.
Dover, OH 44622
Telephone number is (330) 343-6142

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Obviously very low income families can get food. But they also offer information on USDA commodities, snack programs for students, and referrals to events for school supplies. One company they partner with is Verizon and TCC, who pass out thousands of backpacks full of supplies each year. More on Cleveland Greater Food Bank.

John S. Knight Center
77 E. Mill St.
Akron, Ohio 44308
Call 330.374.8900
This event takes place in August. There are free back to school supplies giving out for students from kindergarten to high school. The bags of goods may have notebooks, rulers, pencils, highlighters, socks for shoes, and more.





St. Mary Church
340 North Main St.
Hudson, Ohio 44236
Main number is (330) 653-8118

Catholic Charities of Cleveland
Everyone from new moms to foster kids, the homeless, and students trying to find supplies for the year can get help. Get everything from writing or reading material to clothes or uniforms and much more. Learn more on the faith based church, and find how they can help. More on Cleveland Ohio Catholic Charities assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara


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