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Find free school supplies in Newark and Essex County New Jersey.

There are many charities that have free back to school supply giveaways in Essex County New Jersey. They help low income families, single parents, and students get the back to school clothes as well as items they need for the upcoming school year. Students from Pre-K to high school can get supplies ranging from free backpacks to shoes, clothing, sneakers, slacks, dresses, Chromebooks, tablets, and so much more. A list of agencies and charities to try for assistance are below.

Many different school supplies may be given away, generally during the summer or fall months. Qualified applicants from the Newark area and country may be given some or all of the following: Backpacks, Calculators, Notebooks, Pens, Book Covers, Hi-lighters, Rulers, Folders, Markers, Pencil Sharpeners and so much more. Some of the free school supply events will also provide free gift cards for shopping (such as at Wal-Mart) or tablets, electronics, and even computers.

There are other school, college, and student assistance programs as well as the list below is just a sampling. For more information or referrals, try Essex County free clothing banks. They may not just have clothes but also some surplus items for the school year, and they are also free to struggling families.

Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation
Location is 346 16th Ave
Irvington, New Jersey 07111
Phone - (973) 416-0909
They only support local families. There are free school supplies and basic needs for students from disadvantaged households. Also, holiday assistance and financial aid. There may be books, bags for students, food, sneakers, and other school supplies passed out in limited quantities.

Jersey Cares
Program address is 290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, New jersey 07039
(973) 533-1993
A countywide service.

New Hope Baptist Church
Church address is 106 Sussex Ave
Newark, New Jersey 07103
Phone: (973) 622-4547
A free clothing bank and food pantry are on site. During the summer months there are free book bags and other supplies given out first come-served.





Essex County Salvation Army
A leading charity. Many seasonal events are held, including free Christmas toys and school supplies. They also offer shelter, emergency financial help, and more. Kids can get clothes, calculators, free backpacks or bags, pants, sneakers, and dozens of school supply items based on donations. Find more details on assistance from Essex County Salvation Army.

Metropolitan Baptist Church
149 Springfield Ave
Newark, NJ 07103
Call (973) 642-2267
Each year the Passport to Success program may help thousands of students. Free back to school supplies are for kids from kindergarten to high school.

United Community Corporation
The location is 332 S 8th St
Newark, New Jersey 07103
Main phone - (973) 642-0181
Most years the non-profit community action agency provides free backpacks to students. The backpacks will be full of supplies, including personal hygiene items. There may be pens, pencils, notebooks, calculators, folders, and many other items. UCC also helps feed students during the summer months.

NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store
An annual one day event in Essex County. All sorts of free school goods and stuff is passed out. Among them includes clothes or uniforms (pants, hats, gloves, shorts, dresses). There are more everyday items such as books, free backpacks, rulers, and other school supplies. Other some students and their parents can be given free personal or hygiene supplies, including haircuts, soap, and even immunizations.

Newark Board of Education
Main address is 765 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone - 973-733-7333
They have information on local school assistance programs in Essex County. Referrals can be given.

By Jon McNamara

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