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Free back to school supplies in Hartford County Connecticut.

Kindergarten to high school aged students in Hartford County Connecticut can get free back to school supplies, uniforms, books, and educational material. There are a number of charities that provide items to low to moderate income households as well as anyone in a financial crisis. Based on donations, there may be clothes, uniforms, backpacks, notebooks, gift cards, and many other free school supplies for qualified residents. Note the list below is only a sample of the programs, find other free clothing closets in Hartford County.

The agencies, including Catholic Charity churches and the Salvation Army in Hartford, giveaway supplies during the summer or fall. Not only may back to school supplies be provided to needy students, but the entire family may also apply for other support, such as food or financial aid. The aim of the charities is not only to help students during the school year. Find everything from backpacks to gift certificates (to Wal-Mart or Target), notebooks, laptops, pens, pencils, shoes, or sneakers and more. Assistance during the back to school season is provided by the charities and non-profits below.

Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Hartford has a few churches in the region that offer assistance. There are many programs, ranging from free back to school supply giveaways to food, financial aid, shelter, and more. The school supplies, whether backpacks or other items, are given to Spanish speakers, Latinos, the working poor, and others. The main parishes in Hartford are below.

  • The migration, refugee, and immigration services is at 35 Groton Street, Hartford, Connecticut. Dial 860-297-7800
  • Another Catholic Charity church is the Institute for the Hispanic Family at 45 Wadsworth Street, Hartford, CT. Phone 860-527-1124.
  • The Asylum Hill Family Center is at 896 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut. This church center number is 860-244-9944.
  • The Catholic Charity Southside Family Center is at 35 Groton Street #1, Hartford, CT. This site also has school supplies, toys, books, non-perishable food, toiletries and more. Phone 860-297-7800

My Sister Place offers a number of free or low cost basic needs. There are personal hygiene or free toiletries, clothes, school supplies, baby items, and more. Low income families or single moms can get books, uniforms, sneakers, school items (such as calculators, notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, etc.) and much more. Everything is based on donations. Address is 221 Main Street, Hartford, CT. Call 860-895-6629.




House of Bread accepts donations of many items, including school supplies or household goods. The charity provides them to people in their own programs. There is also a thrift store to buy low cost books, backpacks, computers, and more. Students and their parents can shop there as well, and the address is  1453 Main Street, Hartford, CT. Call 860-549-4188.

Salvation Army Family Services Hartford County administers many assistance programs. During the summer and fall, there are free school supplies passed out. There is also food, birthday or Christmas toys, homeless shelters, and summer camps for students. Donations of backpacks, computers, calculators and other school items are passed out. More on free assistance Salvation Army Hartford County.

South Park Inn is located at 75 Main Street, Hartford, CT offers everything from free deodorant to sneakers, toothpaste, belts for kids, and more. The clothing closet and school supply giveaway helps children and students from kindergarten to high school age. Call 860-724-0071

Family Life Education accepts donations of food, toys, school supplies, personal care supplies and more at 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut. Families, children, or individuals in the non-profits program can apply for the goods. Call 860-231-7744.

Saint Ann’s Immaculate Conception Church has a food pantry and clothing closet. There may be free school supplies for residents that use the pantry. This may be pens, pencils, notebooks, backpacks, paper, highlighters, calculators and more. There is also clothes for students (high school and younger) or the parents, including work or school uniforms, pants, dresses, shoes, etc. The address is 784 Park Street, Hartford, CT. Call 860-522-7128.

Our Piece of the Pie has school supplies for youth and adults. This can be adult educational material too. The location at 20-28 Sargeant Street, Hartford, Connecticut also has free professional work attire, office equipment or supplies as well as magazine or books. Call 860-761-7300.





The Back to School Supply giveaways are arranged by the United Way of Central or Northeastern Connecticut too. Or get referrals to charities for financial aid, school supplies, food, college scholarships, USDA school lunch applications and more. The main office is at 30 Laurel Street, Hartford, CT. Or call 860-493-6800.

Mandell Jewish Community Center is located at 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT. Everything from gift certificates to laptops, Christmas toys, school items for students and Meals on Wheels is offered. Call 860-236-4571.

Community Action (CRT) is the Community Renewal Team. Government grants, job or educational supplies, information on college scholarships and other support is offered. Parents going back to school or GED as well as children can all get supplies. More on Community Renewal Team.

Worldwide Lighthouse Missions is at 723 Main Street, Manchester, Connecticut. Volunteers accept paper products, household goods, school supplies, footwear, winter jackets and more. The supplies can be for kindergarten to high school age and include writing material, uniforms and more. Dial 860-645-4198 for information.

Gifts of Love is at 34 East Main Street, Avon, Connecticut. Everything from furniture (small appliances) to lines, winter jackets, school supply items, backpacks, bookbags, and more is offered. They also have food, pots and pans, personal care supplies and more. Telephone number is 860-676-2323. Another Gifts of Love is at 571 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105

Vecinos Unidos is another Hartford non-profit. That help their clients, including migrants, Latinos and Spanish speakers. Dial 860-280-5361.


By Jon McNamara











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