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Miami-Dade area free school supply events and giveaways.

Listed below are some organizations in the Miami-Dade County region that tend to hold annual back to school supply events. They give away items to students of all ages, ranging from those in kindergarten to high school. Note the list of free school supply programs is only a sampling, and there are other resources. Find more information on free clothing closets in Miami Dade County.

Each of the groups holds donation drives in the community. They may not pass out supplies each year. It is recommended to call in advance. When they do, they may give out some or all of the following for free.

  • Writing material, including pens, pencils, crayons, paper, notebooks, highlighters, or tablets.
  • Clothes ranging from uniforms to shoes, shorts, belts, sneakers, book bags, back packs, and other needed clothing for students.
  • Some free electronic items (or discounted goods) ranging from computers to tablets, phones, calculators, laptops, and more.
  • Miscellaneous school supplies for kids of all ages in Miami, which include (but are not limited too) scissors, poster boards, binders, erasers, lunch boxes, index cards, folders, protractors, and much more.

Many other items may be given out as well. The list above is only a sampling of a free school supply event in Miami-Dade County. The exact list(s) will vary by year as well as what was donated. But in general thousands of students get help. There is school supply assistance for immigrants, the poor, Spanish and non-English speakers, Cubans, and countless others.

North Miami Beach Free Health Fair & Book Bag Giveaway
Marjorie and William McDonald Center
17011 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach
Call the City of North Miami Beach at 305.895.9818.




United Way of Miami-Dade Back-to-School Drives
Working with volunteers, churches, and charities in the community, they give kits to students from low income households. There are free school supplies for students in elementary, middle school and high school.
The united Way also runs Switchboard 211. This address is 735 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161. In general, referrals are given. Whether it is to a USDA food program, financial aid, job placement, or school supply giveaways, many assistance programs are available. Call (305) 631-4211.

Salvation Army Apple Tree
People select a child to donate too. It is like Angel Tree. Students from low income households are given back-to-school clothes and supplies, pens, pencils, shoes and more. The assistance is for a specific underprivileged child from Dade County, including immigrants and anyone under 18. The supplies cover them for the new school year. There is multiple social service office. One is at 1907 NW 38th Street, Miami, FL 33142. Call (305) 637-6700. But there are others. Find Salvation Army locations in Miami-Dade County.

Charitable Clothing Referrals
Distribution Center - 2601 NW 65th Street
Miami, FL 33147
Dial (305) 693-4860 for information.
The non-profit has information on school supply events. Find where to go, and how to apply for back to school supplies, free uniforms or clothes, backpacks, pens, notebooks, and much more.

Toys for Kids Miami
10181 Nw 58 St Suite 7
Doral, Florida 33178
Phone: 786.271.0375
The charity gives away a number of school supplies in Miami-Dade County. There is also food and meals, or snacks given at various events. College students or those in high school can also learn about scholarship opportunities.

Young Dreams Community Outreach
Juan Pablo Duarte Park
2800 NW 17 Ave., Miami
Each year hundreds of students are given free book bags, reding books, boxes of school supplies, and even haircuts!





The Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter in Miami
Two organizations parent on this free back to school supply program. They include Aspire To Inc. and Florida DOH-Miami-Dade.


By Jon McNamara

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