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Free school supplies in Philadelphia area.

The Philadelphia region, as well as all surrounding counties, have many free back to school supply giveaway programs. Find where and how to get free backpacks, uniforms for students from K-12, laptops and other items. Charities collect donate goods and provide the items as well as other programs for students. Find Chromebooks, backpacks, book bags, clothes and other supplies for students from Kindergarten to higher school. There is help for immigrants, children from inner-city schools in Philadelphia and anyone in need.

Students, teachers, or parents of low-income households in Philly or from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia County 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, lunch-box, 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 or  (610) 497-1082
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 or 215-400-4000.
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
Call 215-600-4580 tor try (844) 822-7625 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.

  • 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

Cradles To Crayons - School Supplies
Location is 4700 Wissahickon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Main number is 215-836-0958
The charity provides assistance year round. However, during the summer and fall months, there are more programs to help students get the supplies they need. Find free Chromebooks, backpacks, hygiene items, calculators, clothes such as shoes or underwear and more.  Teacher in Philadelphia can also get free supplies for their classroom.

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 1526 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Call (215) 787-0633
Shelter guest can get help. Free clothes, school items for clients (including students of single moms), books, tablets and other school supplies.

Broad Street Ministry
Address: 15 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 735-4847
The charity has a number of programs offered. They include, but are not limited too, (1) a clothing closet; (2) free back to school supply program including for single mothers with kids; (3) hygiene supplies for students or low income families and more.

Family and Community Engagement
440 N. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone - 215-400-4000
The non-profit is collecting money, school supplies and donation from the public and Philly based corporations. Based on this, here may be free back to school supplies offered. the program is run in partnership with Brown’s ShopRite, Converse, and Office Depot . Get pens, pencils, Chromebooks, hygiene supplies, and other educational supplies (for free).

Teachers’ Teammates (Delaware County only)
Main address is 777 Henderson Blvd.
Folcroft, PA 19032
Delaware County teachers can dial (610) 331-8972
They help teachers in Delaware County get the items they need for their classroom. Teachers can get free supplies such as notebooks, pencils, books, arts and craft supplies, hygiene supplies like wipes, paper and more. All teachers, of all schools in the county, can  use the store.

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 1-866-964-7922 or 211.

Lord's Pantry of Downingtown
Location is 141 Mill Alley
Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone -  (610) 873-1149
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.


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