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Free school supplies Houston and Harris County.

Find a list of school districts, charities and Human Services offices in the Harris County that provide students with free back to school supplies, backpacks, Chromebooks, gift cards and other items. There are also some government agencies noted, in particular for people on TANF, as well as churches. Get free back to school supplies near you in Houston and Harris County.

Kids from kindergarten to high school will get free stuff for school. What a student in a district below may be given varies. A district will try to give basic supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, free school uniforms/clothes for everyday wear, calculators, folders, crayons for young kids, tissues, paper and more. Some students in Houston can be given free laptops too for remote learning or even smart phones.

The exact stuff given will depend on the age of the child and resources. An elementary school age kid in Harris County will obviously be given different free school supplies than someone in high school. But help is offered. As noted, there are many other options available to Houston families.

The organizations will give school supplies to immigrants, Spanish speakers, the poor, migrant students and anyone in need. For more information or referrals to a wide ranging of school supply assistance programs, most of the assistance is offered by Harris County free clothing banks.

The list below is limited mostly to district programs. Note a parent should always ask their local school district as well for free supplies, as the list is always a sample.

Organizations that provide free school supplies in Houston TX area

Operation Backpack of Harris County is an option. Students from kindergarten to high school are given a free backpack full of school supplies. There may be basic hygiene items too. Get pens, pro-tractors, books, crayons or highlighters, notepads and other items - depending on age. Immigrants and migrant students can apply too. The program is organized by the Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA) of Houston from multiple locations, as noted below. The main phone number for all sites is (713) 659-5566.

  • 7850 Howell Sugar Land Rd, Houston, TX 77083.
  • Wendel D Ley Family center is at 15055 Wallisville Rd, Houston, Texas 77049. For dates of the program, dial (713) 659-5566
  • West Orem Family location is 5801 West Orem Dr, Houston, TX 77085.
  • Perry Family YMCA school supply assistance is from 1700 League City Pkwy W, League City, TX 77573. Dial (713) 659-5566
  • Tellepsen Family Downtown Operation Backpack is from 808 Pease St, Houston, Texas 77002. Phone - (713) 659-5566
  • Harriett And Joe Foster Family - 1234 West 34th St , Houston, TX 77018
  • Houston TX football team and YMCA of Greater Houston - 5202 Griggs Rd , Houston, TX 77021
  • M D Anderson Family - 705 Cavalcade St , Houston, TX 77009
  • Weekley Family is at 7101 Stella Link Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
  • Another site is at 10655 Clay Rd, Houston, TX 77041. Call (713) 659-5566
  • Lake Houston Family address is 2420 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Kingwood, TX 77339. Call (713) 659-5566
  • D Bradley McWilliams At Cypress Creek free school items for students is located at 19915 TX-249, Houston, TX 77070. Call (713) 659-5566
  • Huntsville Family school supplies and clothes are from 2906 Old Houston Rd, Huntsville, TX 77340.
  • Langham Creek Family location is 16725 Longenbaugh Dr, Houston, Texas 77095.




Texas Health and Human Services Commission – They provide government subsidies to very low-income parents and those in poverty that have a kid in school. Generally, up to $30 is given, and the funds are only approved for buying school supplies. All sorts of goods or clothing can be bought (pens, paper, laptops, etc.). While $30 will not pay for anything (or come close to it) the money can be valuable. This is part of TANF assistance in Texas.  The main office is at 512-424-6500.

1300 South Highway 146 Baytown, TX 77520, phone 281-427-9480
6500 North Main Street, Suite 300, Crosby, TX 77532, 281-328-6613
29250 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375
2702 Cherrybrook Lane office, Pasadena, TX 77502. Main number is 713-947-8130
13838 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77045, dial 713-433-3145
10060 Fuqua Street, Houston, TX 77089, telephone 713-946-6861
9450 Harwin Drive, Houston, TX 77036, main number is 713-266-5535
2135 Highway 6 South, Houston, Texas 77077-4319, telephone 281-597-5200
10202 I-10 East, Houston, TX 77029, main number 713-673-6347
220 Meadowfern Drive, Houston, TX 77067, call 281-874-0048
3880 North Freeway, Houston, Texas 77022, 713-699-1098
8511 North Houston Rosslyn Road , Houston, TX 77088, call 713-895-6800
6124 Scott Street, Houston, TX 77021, main number 713-748-8450
2110 Telephone Road, Houston, Texas 77023, 713-921-5108

My Brothers Keeper Outreach Center - Houston gives free uniforms, school supplies, shoes, and hygiene items to students from Pre-K - 12th grades. There may be erasers, lunch boxes, index cards, pencil sharpers and even referrals to tablets or computer programs in Harris County. 12621 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77099. Phone number is (281) 498-9933.

Single Mommies Can helps young parents, including teenage moms or single mothers get school supplies for their kid(s). There may also be hygiene items such as free diapers, clothes, or baby wipes. Or learn about food programs, financial aid, job training and educational services. 6037 Fry Rd, Ste 126-487, Katy, Texas 77449. Main number is (346) 325-3391.





Each year there is a city of Houston Back 2 School Festival. It gives hundreds (if not thousands of students) free supplies for the upcoming school year. It is a one day event. Generally the mayor’s office, charities, the Feeding America Houston Food Bank and other corporations run it. Students can get free clothes, pens, papers, backpacks, personal hygiene items and more. Basic dental check ups, free haicuts and other help may be offered to students as well. Register here.

Bellaire United Methodist Church is at 4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401. There may be some free basic items, including clothes for students, some backpacks or notebooks, books, and other supplies. In some cases a voucher is given out, and dial (713) 666-2167.

Christian Community Service Center address is 3434 Branard St, Houston, TX 77027. There are free supplies given out as well as a $30 voucher. The free school supplies are only for students in the area, including district. They also give out other, age appropriate supplies such as clothes, books, tablets, and more. The application number is 713-961-3993.

Northwest Assistance Ministries handles the NW part of Houston from their office at 15555 Kuykendahl Road. There are free back to school clothes and supplies for kindergarten to high school age students in the local districts. Call 281-583-5600 for an appointment.

La Porte Independent School District has several schools in the district. They are listed below. A student can be given help from their district. Teachers or guidance counselors can direct the parent as to where to go. The assistance program is known as Operation School Supplies. The schools are below, with the main intake number of (281) 604-7000.

  • College Park Elementary School is at 4315 Luella in Deer Park. Main number is 281-604-6788.
  • Heritage Elementary location is at 4301 East Boulevard in Deer Park. This number is 281-604-7000.
  • Bayshore Elementary School has a mailing address of 301 Fairfield.
  • La Porte Elementary School is based at 725 South Broadway, and the receptionist number is 281-604-6788.
  • Rizzuto Elementary School - 3201 North Farrington Boulevard, dial 281-604-6500.

New Caney Independent School District only help students in their district. The program offers low income parents, including Spanish speakers and immigrants, free school supplies from Operation School. Bags, notepads, pens, pencils, shoes, uniforms, and more. The options include The Kings Manor Elementary School. Call 281-577-8600.





Catholic Charities Harris County free items, school supplies, gift vouchers and other help is offered. they assist students from single mom homes, immigrants or migrant workers, and kids. Get free school uniforms, supplies, bookbags. tablets and other items. Food and other goods are provided too, and more on Catholic Charities Harris County assistance programs.

CARE Ministry covers the zip codes of Houston of 77042, 77057, 77063, 77077, 77082, 77072, as well as 77083. During the summer a free back to school supply giveaway occurs from their site at 10501 Meadowglen Lane. Backpacks, notebooks, free calculators, sneakers for kids, school supplies for immigrants and more is offered. Dial 713-780-2727.

Free back to school supply giveaways take place at the Houston Salvation Army. There are locations across Harris County. Based on donations of items, as well as the work of volunteers, there may be dozens of items passed out for ages ranging from Kindergarten to high school students. It will range from free gift cards for stores such as Target or Wal-Mart to backpacks, notebooks, pens, highlighters, tablets, clothes, and many other school supplies. Find more on free items from Harris County Salvation Army.

Any resident of the Spring Branch Independent School District can get assistance as well. Whether they are in kindergarten, middle or high school, or some other age group, there are school supplies, clothes, shoes, coats, and more given. The schools in the district include Buffalo Creek Elementary School at 2801 Blalock Drive in Houston, TX 77080 (phone 713-329-6600). There is also the Cedar Brook Elementary School (address is 2121 Ojeman, Houston, TX 77080, 713-365-5020 ext. 143) as well as the Edgewood Elementary School (8655 Emnora, Houston, TX 77080, phone 713-365-4010).

Spring Branch is a big district. So there are also supplies for Hollibrook Elementary School (location is 3602 Hollister, Houston, TX 77080, 713-329-6430); Housman Elementary School (6705 Housman Houston, TX 77055, 713-613-1700 ext. 3009); Pine Shadows Elementary School (9900 Neuens, Houston, TX 77080, phone 713-365-4260); Ridgecrest Elementary School (address: 2015 Ridgecrest, Houston, TX 77055, 713-365-4060); Shadow Oaks Elementary School (1335 Shadowdale, Houston, TX 77043, main number 713-365-4580 ext. 3402).

Other schools are covered too. They include Sherwood Elementary School (1700 Sherwood Forest, Houston, TX 77043, 713-365-4800); Spring Branch Elementary School (1700 Campbell, Houston, TX 77080, call 713-365-4150 ext. 3011); Thornwood Elementary School (14400 Fern, Houston, TX 77079, call 281-560-7430); Treasure Forest Elementary School (7635 Amelia, Houston, TX 77055, 713-613-1720 ext. 133); Westwood Elementary School (address is 2100 Shadowdale, Houston, TX 77043,  713-365-4550 ext. 16); as well as Woodview Elementary School (9749 Cedardale, Houston, TX 77055, main number 713-365-4294 ext. 3015).







Houston Food Bank as well as Montgomery County Food Bank provides clothes for students, sneakers, possible supplies and other goods, in partnership with school districts in Harris County. There are non-perishable items from the Helping Hands Closet. The Montgomery County center is at 1 Food For Life Way, Conroe, TX 77385, dial (936) 271-8800, and the Houston Food Bank is at 535 Portwall St, Houston, TX 77029. Telephone (713) 223-3700


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