Free school supply programs in Bexar County and San Antonio.

Free school supplies are given away each and every year by charities, school districts, and other organizations across Bexar County. While most of the organizations are located in the city of San Antonio, there is also assistance across the entire region. Find details on where to go and how to apply for school supply assistance programs in the county. The list below are agencies that focus on school programs, but there are other options too. As an example, find free clothing closets in Bexar County.

Not only may school items be provided to students (such as book bags, shoes, pens, notebooks, etc.) but many of the charities in the San Antonio area offer other social services too. They may help parents with employment, operate computer labs, give kids free snacks for after school, ESL classes and even give emergency financial aid or a free computer to a student. Each of the programs in the Bexar County vary in what they do or don’t do.

Each application for help during the school year is assessed on a case by case basis. School supplies are usually given out during the summer and early fall months in the Bexar County area. Depending on donation levels, and the students age, what may be given out as a form of free school supplies includes notebooks, pencils, crayons, bags, scissors, highlighters, books, and more.

San Antonio area students may also be given free clothes for the school year. These supplies may be uniforms, shoes, belts, dresses, jeans, slacks, hats, book bags, and more. Charities give both free material school supplies as well as clothes to students from lower income households.

Catholic Charities Church and the Archdiocese of San Antonio
Location is 1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78207
Telephone number is 210-226-6178
Churches across Bexar County ban together. Not only can residents shop at a thrift store for items.





Guadalupe Community Center
1801 W César E Chávez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78207
Main phone number is (210) 226-6178
A leading social service agency for Bexar County. Emergency clothes, back to school supply event, rent, free food, and other support is given to students and parents. Immigrants and Spanish speakers can also get free items for high, middle, or elementary school.

CAM – Christian Assistance Ministry
Location is 110 McCullough
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 223-4099
Clothes, ID and free birth certificates, books, ESL classes, and other aid is offered.

Chrysalis Ministries
Main address is 503 San Pedro
San Antonio, Texas 78212
(210) 299-4540
They only help parent, their kids, or students (juveniles) with legal issues. Emergency school supplies, free clothes or uniforms, job placement, support groups, and more is offered.

Communities in schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA) / stay in school program
1616 E. Commerce, Bldg. 1
San Antonio, Texas 78205
The Stay in School Program helps students and their parent(s), whether single moms or dads or married couples. They focus on education. Free backpacks, school supply items, counseling, referrals to college, shoes, and other support is given out.





Harlandale Independent School Distrcit (HISD)
Main address is 102 Genevieve St.
San Antonio, Texas 78214
Intake number - 210-989-4300

Salvation Army of Bexar County and San Antonio
Several locations are available. Anyone in need, regardless of race, language, ethnicity, can get help. Emergency financial aid, school supplies or Christmas toys for kids, free uniforms, clothes, book bags and backs and more are offered. More on Salvation Army assistance programs in Bexar County.

True Vine Baptist Church
Location is 435 S Ellison Dr
San Antonio, TX 78245
Phone: (210) 509-4024

Northside independent school district (NISD)
Address: 5900 Evers Rd
San Antonio, TX 78238
Telephone - 210-397-8500
Dozens of elementary schools are assisted.

San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD)
141 Lavaca
San Antonio, TX 78210
Main number - 210-554-2200
Free school supplies may be for students from poverty households and low income families. It is based on donations. Pens, pencils, supplies for the students desk and more is available.

TANF cash aid - Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
The TANF program in Texas will provide a small dollar voucher to help pay for school supplies. The funds are restricted for that expense. Only those very low income families, single parents, Bexar County families living in poverty may use this school supply program from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Call a social worker or county office for applications.




Bexar County Clinics often can assist. They may pass out or give out free school supplies. But they also focus on free immunizations for students (whether insured or not), dental care or cleanings, general health screenings and more. In addition, many San Antonio area and countywide libraries help. They provide snacks, food, coupons, games, books, and other back to school supplies. One example is Carver Branch Library, 3350 E Commerce St, 78220. For more details or referrals dial 211. Free school and educational supplies are limited and passed out to those that qualify on first come, first served basis.

YMCA in Bexar County
Free backpacks as well as student health check-ups are offered.  Find more details on YMCA program.

By Jon McNamara

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