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Get free school supplies in Phoenix and Maricopa County.

Several agencies in the Phoenix region have free annual school supply drives. They use donations from the community to help students get the items they need for the upcoming school year. Find everything from free backpacks to Chromebooks, notebooks, calculators, uniforms, clothes and more. Assistance is given to students from low income households, immigrants, Spanish speakers, the poor and others.

The list below is focused on school items, and find where to get free back to school supplies for students from grades K to 12, uniforms, clothes, laptops and more in the Phoenix as well as Maricopa County region. For other options, find more details on free clothes in Maricopa County.

Students can be given many things. It depends on their age, grade (Kindergarten, middle or high school), needs, donation levels and more. Some of the free school supply items that are generally provided, and that are in demand in the Maricopa County region include the following. But each assistance program varies.

Students may be given free book bags or backpacks. There can be pens, pencils, highlighters, scissors, and crayons for younger students. Free clothing items are often given out too, including shoes, school uniforms, pants, slacks, dresses, belts, and more. Some of the school supply drives in the Phoenix area may also have electronics, but that is rare. When available this may include tablets, computers, cell phones, and other educational focused items.

Maricopa County Salvation Army Family Services
The charity holds many seasonal events, and one of the biggest is the free school supply program. Volunteers collect donated goods from Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and other cities. They then give students the goods, ranging from writing material to book bags and more. The charity also has financial aid, job programs, low cost Family Stores and much more. Continue with Salvation Army assistance programs Maricopa County.

Assistance League of Maricopa County and Phoenix
9224 N. 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: 602.944.7636
The main program is Operation School Bell. Some school districts are supported. This charity holds many free giveaway events during the year, including Christmas and back to school season. There may be free clothes, shoes, notebooks, pencils, backpacks, and more.

 

 

 

The local districts supported include Alhambra, Creighton, Phoenix Elementary District, Balsz, Cartwright, Washington, Glendale, Imagine at Bell Canyon, Osborn, Camelback and Cortez, Wilson and Isaac. Or try Academia del Pueblo, Isaac District in west Phoenix, Alhambra School District, Glendale District in the west Valley, Pan American Charter School.

Military Back to School Brigade
17464 N. 25th Ave., Suite A-1
Phoenix, AZ 85023
Only students that have military or veterans parents can get help.

FIBCO Family Services Homeless Outreach
Location is 1141 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85034-2223
Main phone - (602) 385-3900
They only help students or kids from homeless families. Free clothes, school supplies, books, shoes, uniforms and more. What a student needs to get an education can be arranged.

Phoenix Rescue Mission
1540 W Van Buren St
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 233-3000
An annual, one day event is held during the summer. They partner with local companies including insurance providers on giving out free school supplies. What may be offered includes notebooks, pens or pencils, hygiene supplies, bags, and some basic clothes. It is available across Maricopa County.

Treasures 4 Teachers
They help teachers in Maricopa County get supplies for the classroom. Using donations from the public and companies, there are all sorts of classroom items offered from multiple sites. The non-profit may have pencils, pens, projectors, highlighters, notebooks, paper and many other items teacher need.

  • 3802 North 91st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85037. Main number is 480.476.3101
  • 3025 South 48th Street, Tempe, AZ 85282. Call 480.751.1122

 

 

 

 

Tempe Youth Resource Center - Tumbleweed Center for Youth
Main address is 505 W University Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281
Main number is (480) 966-2036
As a youth center, referrals and information is available. Back to school supply giveaway events, summer camps, snacks, and other resources for kids and students.

Threadz Teen Clothing Closet
1730 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
They help students in Tempe Union, Tempe Elementary and Kyrene school districts. There is free clothes, backpacks or school supplies, pens, pencils, and more. There are also personal hygiene kits including detergent, hair products and more. Call (480) 858-2300. Another site is at 6000 S Lakeshore Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283.

ICM Food and Clothing Bank
Main address is 501 S 9th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3111
Phone - (602) 254-7450
A free food pantry and clothing closet are on site.

Vista del Camino Back to School Program
They only help Scottsdale students in need. Address is 7700 E Roosevelt St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. Call (480) 312-2323
Get backpacks, hygiene supplies, pens, pencils, shoes, socks and more. Students from K to 12 can get free items. There may also be laptops or Chromebooks for remote learning as well as other items.

The Clothes Closet - Andre House
Address of the charity 1203 W Polk St
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone (602) 252-9023. Call for when school supplies are available.

The BHHS Legacy Foundation’s “Backpack Buddies”, Stitches of Love  and Phoenix Back to School Clothing Drive Association
360 E Coronado Rd. #200
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 256-9408
Thousands of students get help each year. Donations fuel this program.

Community Action Agencies - Southwest Human Development
Non-profits work to give students, no matter their grade or language, the educational and school supplies they need. Binders, crayons, backpacks, tablets, pens, notebooks, writing material, shoes for students, and more is offered. Drop off and donations are located across the county, Tempe, Phoenix, and other towns. More on community action in Phoenix.

Family of God Ministry Back to School Program
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Call (602) 319-2080
There will be free backpacks given away. There will be supplies in them for students. The event happens annually and the supplies provided depend on donations.

 

 

 

 

Arizona Rise and Dream Foundation
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
They support the Higley School District. Call (602) 391-8876
Low income household in the district can apply for free back to school supplies, food, meals, backpacks, and more. There may be pens, pencils, protractors, hygiene supplies as well as clothes. Students from all grades can be assisted.

Arizona Helping Hands Back to School Program for Foster Kids
Location is 3110 E Thunderbird Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032
They only help students and parents that have kids in Foster Care. Call (480) 889-0604

By Jon McNamara

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