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Free school supplies by mail or home delivery.

There are charities, non-profits and state programs that will deliver free school supplies by mail in 2024. The programs are not common, but they are possible. Or there may be volunteers that deliver items to the homebound or to a low-income parent that lives in a rural area or that lacks transportation. Learn how to find free back to school supplies, clothes, uniforms, and more in the mail.

Free school supplies are usually only offered in the mail to the (1) disabled (2) the homebound (3) parents who lack transportation or that work during the day (including single moms) or (4) low income families in rural areas that are not near any other free school supply giveaway program. Both non-profits as well as donations from companies will be offered. The goal of these programs is to help students, no matter where they live or their circumstances, get the stuff they need for the school year.

Where to apply for free back to school supplies in the mail

Anyone that is interested can apply at charities or non-profits that may offer this service. Some corporations will also giveaway free educational supplies for those who register and meet conditions, and those items are almost always sent in the mail.

The first option for the 2024 school year may be the Salvation Army. They offer assistance programs as well as social services year round, but many Family Service Centers do provide free educational stuff to students from low income families. There will also be items for the homebound, which may be someone who is disabled, ill, a senior citizen or grandparent caring for a student. They can often qualify for delivery of the school items their kids need.

The list of items will be extensive from the Salvation Army. This includes school supplies, free uniforms, food boxes, shoes, winter attire, notebooks, backpacks, and more sent in the mail. The Salvation Army will also try to ensure students get what they need for remote learning or home internet use, which will be electronics for learning (such as a Chromebook or tablets) and more. If and when the Salvation Army provides free school supplies by mail, it is usually a volunteer driven service that is very localized for exception circumstances.

They will not literally “mail” stuff to a family using USPS or Fed Ex.  Instead the staff may bring supplies or school clothes in the mail to a very low income family or struggling one that does not have transportation. Clients of this service may not have a car or live near a bus route, or they have no way to get to a local Salvation Army center. When funding allows, they may also arrange for the client to get a Christmas gift via mail.  Locate back to school supply assistance programs from the Salvation Army, as there are many local centers.




Another place that operates nationwide is Catholic Charities and their local church run affiliates. They cover both cities and rural area where millions of Americans live. Using both thrift stores and donation programs, students may get books, tablets, clothes, shoes, backpacks, and other items. Some of these too can be sent in the mail when a student has no other options available. Learn more on Catholic Charity programs.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul also helps the low-income, including that are lack transportation or that live in rural communities. They are another faith based charity to try in 2024 for school supplies by mail and uniforms. While resources are limited, and each SVDP parish has different services offered, they are a leading faith based organization that provides free stuff to low-income families. Home delivered school supplies will be an option, and learn more on St. Vincent de Paul.

Free school supplies may be mailed by the Assistance League. There service is run in partnership with school districts all around the country. The main service available is a program known as Operation School Bell. This provides kids from grades K to 12 with free school supplies, with some locations sending items in the mail. Many locations also help teachers get what they need for their classroom. More on the Assistance League Operation School Bell.

Get free school supplies in the mailCorporate giveaways are a source of free school stuff in the mail too. The United Way, and their referral service, has information on localized events. As many corporations give out school supplies as part of their national community services. As the companies want to help children, whether in elementary, middle or high school. This is often good PR for a corporation too.

They help kids get the education (which includes school supplies for learning) they need, so the United Way gives contact information to organizations that may mail out school uniforms or other free supplies to kids of all ages and all parts of the country. Locate United Way school supply assistance programs.

It is possible to be alerted to places that mail out free school supplies. As while there are a few options as noted above, the assistance is not very common. In fact, it is generally only offered in an extreme situation or some type of emergency. Not only are mail or delivery programs not common, but they are also seasonal in nature and have different application processes, deadlines, and limited resources. Learn how to set alerts to be notified of free stuff.


When an organization mails out school supplies for a student for the 2024 calendar year, applications will need to be done earlier and approved earlier in the season as well. This is done to account for the shipping or delivery of goods.  this is when an alert can be beneficial;. However, note that in some cases a charity may deliver school supplies for free year round, as of course school runs most of the calendar year. However, this would also even be less common.


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