Philadelphia area free school supplies.

The Philadelphia region, as well as all surrounding counties, have some free back to school supply giveaway programs, charities that collect and donate goods, as well as other programs for students. There is help for immigrants, children from inner-city schools, and anyone in need. They can all apply for free school items. Note the list below is only a sampling of some of the programs; there are others and find more details at Philadelphia free clothing closets.

Depending on age and grade of the student, they may need some or all the following supplies. But there is never a guarantee to getting these items or any assistance in the Philadelphia area, as what is offered depends on donation levels.

There could be Pencil boxes, crayons, Backpack, lunchbox, scissors, rulers, index cards, calculators, folders, and more. Some of the school supply clothing items may be socks, shoes or boots, uniforms, pants or dresses, and more. Each giveaway event has different goods passed out, and some of the events in Philadelphia even give out free food or meals during the events too.

Better Living Center - Backpacks
Address is 501 Yarnall Street
Chester, Pennsylvania, 19013
Main phone - 302-299-5750
The non-profit holds a free Community Resource Fair. There is entertainment, backpacks full of supplies, medical checkups, and other assistance for low income kids.





School District of Philadelphia - Free Back to School Event -and Supply Giveaways
Location of the main office - 4021 Parkside Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Main number is 215-400-4180
A number of services are offered. They include a school registration, free backpack and supply giveaway to kids from single parent or struggling households, information, and more. Events are held in all schools and age groups, ranging from kindergarten to high school.

Tabor United Methodist Church Backpack Ministry
Woxall, PA
Main number: 215-234-4852
An annual event usually takes place. Call them to learn more.





Salvation Army Centers and Social Services
There are several all-around, whether in Chester, Bucks, or Philadelphia County. Each offer emergency assistance, both grants and basic items such as school supply giveaways, birthday ort holiday days, shelter, meals, and more. They collect goods from the community and give to struggling students each year. Find details on Salvation Army in Pennsylvania.

TCC and Verizon's School Rocks Backpack Giveaway
Exton Square Mall, Exton, PA, 19341
625 West Chester Pike, Havertown, Pennsylvania 19083
NE Philly area - 2411 West Prospect Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19116
NW Philly region - 7126 Ridge Avenue, Roxborough, PA, 19128
Call 215-600-4580 to see if and when the event is being held.
Supplies that are provided in the free backpack include, but is not limited to, paper, a pencil box, pencils, folders and glue.

Cradles To Crayons - School Supplies
Location is 30 Clipper Road
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428
Main number is 215-836-0958

Open Door Ministry
The church is at 350 Main Street
Royersford, PA, 19468
Number is (610) 948-4818
A thrift store and clothing bank may have items for school, but mostly uniforms, free shoes, and clothes type goods.

Youth Emergency Shelter (YES)
Address is 1101 Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19124
Shelter guest can get help.

City and countywide Philadelphia School Supplies Drive
Volunteers from churches, charities, and other groups work together to collect items from the community. Students from low income families and those in poverty can be given free school supplies, ranging from binders to backpacks, shoes, winter jackets, pens, computers and more. For referrals to an agency, dial 211.





Lord's Pantry of Downingtown
141 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA, 19335
The charity provides support every August. They offer free school supplies, uniforms, electronic devices and more to households with low income school-age children.

Join Hands Ministry
Location is 51 South Church Street
New Bloomfield, PA, 17608
Main number is 717-582-7844
Assistance programs include holiday help, school supplies, financial aid, free furniture (including desks for students) and more.

Mitzvah Circle Foundation
Harleysville, PA, 19422
Stuff passed out by the non-profit includes school supplies, gently used clothing, shoes, infant diapers, baby gear, household items, toiletries for students in school, books, and other educational supplies.


By Jon McNamara

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