Find free school supplies in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Several agencies in Pittsburgh operate free low income school supply assistance programs. They give away items such as clothes, shoes, backpacks, notebooks, uniforms, tablets, gift certificates and more. The school supply events are offered across Allegheny County. The list below is just a sampling of where to go for help, or find other free clothing closets in Allegheny County.

The assistance programs often are seasonal. The school supply programs run during the summer and fall months. But year round there may be free meals or food for students, financial aid, or after school care. Each charity, church, or government program in Pittsburgh provides their own form of help.

Many different school supplies may be given out in the city of Pittsburgh and county. They include the following. Crayons, markers, binders, notebooks, backpacks, bookbags, pens, paper, and more. Students from kindergarten to high school can also be given free clothes for the school year, such as shoes, sneakers, jeans, dresses, slacks, hand sanitizer, socks, belts, hygiene supplies, and more. Find details on the resources below.

Partnership of Allegheny County churches
Basic needs and free stuff is offered. This includes back to school supplies as well as clothes. They also give Christmas toys, food, snacks for children, and clothes.  The Back to School program is combined with literacy, books, and educational support.

  • Beulah Baptist Church is at 201 Chalfont Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15210. Call (412) 431-3320
  • Dravosburg United Methodist Church also has free basic needs, clothes, hygiene supplies, food, and school supply programs. Address is 109 Maple Avenue, Dravosburg, PA 20737, (412) 466-0112
  • Allen Chapel AME Church address is 3600 California Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212. Phone (412) 732-2775
  • New Evangelistic Ministries is another option. Location is 7130 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

 

 

 

 

The Education Partnership
Office address is 281 Corliss Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220
412-922-6500
Many basic school items are donated and then passed out to parents, single moms, and needy students. Supplies may be pens, pencils, hand sanitizer, hygiene supplies, clothes, winter jackets, and much more.

First Trinity Evangelical-Lutheran Church
Address is 531 N Neville St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Main phone - (412) 683-4121
They only help the homeless (including children or tees in school) in Pittsburgh as well as the county.

Volunteers of America
1650 Main St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15215
Telephone number is  (412) 782-5344
The non-profit has a thrift store for low cost goods and also free school supplies from Operation Backpack. Furniture, books, clothes, notebooks, sneakers, clothes and other items are free or low cost.

Quaker Valley School District Only
The Union Aid Society provides help to parents and children who live in the district. Health care checks, financial aid, coupons, and some free or low cost school supplies. Address is 601 Thorn St, Sewickley, PA 15143. Call (412) 741-9240.

 

 

 

 

Baptist Temple Church
Location is 7241 Race St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208
Phone: (412) 241-1624

Allegheny County Salvation Army seasonal programs
A main one is the annual back to school supply drive and giveaway. The Christian charity also offers coupons, partnerships with stores like Target, gift cards, and clothes. Whether a free backpack, writing materials, books, or even emergency financial help, assistance is offered. More on Allegheny County Salvation Army.

South Hills Interfaith Movement - SHIM
Address
is 5301 Park Ave
Bethel Park, PA 15102
(412) 854-9120
Assistance programs include a free clothing closet, food banks, and school backpack program. The backpacks may contain supplies for kids under the age of 18, whether in high school or elementary school (or in between).

Community Empowerment Association
Mailing address is 7120 Kelly St
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208
Phone: (412) 371-3689
Volunteers and donations are used to keep their program running. Free school items, financial aid, referrals to Allegheny County agencies and other support is offered.

Catholic Charities
Location is 212 9th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6999
Assistance is for new, expectant, or single mothers. Educations, diapers, counseling, after school care, tutoring and free supplies may all be given out.

 

 

 

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Youth and Student Training
Main address is 610 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222
(412) 227-5021
The non-profit supports all of Allegheny County. Computer programs, school supplies (including for college), information on employment services, job training, books, computer labs and more. Minorities, inner city students, and single parents often get help. Continue with educational assistance from Urban League in Pittsburgh.

Lord's Church of Pittsburgh
2517 Haymaker Rd,
Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146
Main Phone: (412) 856-9099
Services include free haircuts, meals or snacks for kids, some basic donated school supplies, and other programs. Notebooks, paper, sneakers for kids, tablets, scissors, and other supplies for students.

New Vision Community Church
1620 Randolph Ln
Verona, PA 15147
Phone: (412) 241-6160
Low income assistance programs include the Kids Closet. Clothes, work or school uniforms, and other gently used items are offered. During the summer and fall the charity works to keep students clothes for the school year.

 

 

 

 

The NorthShore Community Alliance
Main address is 1439 N Franklin St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233
Phone: (412) 322-7400
A free client choice clothing closet is open. Toys, school supplies, books, computers, and other items are needy students.

By Jon McNamara

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