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Free school supply assistance programs San Francisco County.

Find San Francisco area charities and government agencies that give away from school supplies. Students from low-income households, in all grades, can get the items, including backpacks, clothes, Chromebooks, books and more as part of the back to school events. Children can often get hygiene items, including haircuts, personal toiletries and more. Note the list is just a sampling, and find other free San Francisco County clothing closets.

The free back to school supply programs in San Francisco County rely on donations and volunteers. What may be offered includes some or all of the following. Get notebooks, pens, pencils, book bags or backpacks, sneakers, calculators, binders, crayons and more. Some students may be given free laptops, computers, or Chromebooks as well for at home schooling.

Clothes or free school uniforms for students from Kindergarten to high school may be offered for the school year too. Apply early, as most of the charities and giveaways of school supplies happen during the summer or fall.

Salvation Army Social Services - Corps Community Center
There are multiple locations in the city and county. Children and students can get a wide variety of items. Free school supplies, shoes, sneakers, backpacks and more. They also give snacks during the summer food boxes, meals, financial help for bills and more.

  • 4000 19th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132. Call 415-585-8877
  • Chinatown is at 1450 Powell Street, San Francisco, California 94133. Main number is 415-781-7360.
  • 1275 Harrison Street, San Francisco, California 94103. For hours, dial 415-503-3071
  • South of Market Salvation Army Corps Community Center is at 360 Fourth Street, San Francisco, California 94107. Call 415-777-2677.

Urban Angles
Location is 5228 Diamond Heights Blvd
San Francisco, California 94131
They have a free clothing closet for the homeless, immigrants, and low-income. They give t-shirts, basic supplies for a school year, and even Christmas toys or gifts. Apply at their website online.




St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program
121 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 592-2742
The charity works with tech companies, corporations and businesses, such as TJMaxx, Twitter, Target and others to give free school supplies. Low-income, unemployed or struggling parents can get tablets, backpacks, shoes, gift certificated and many items. Also find food, deodorant, books and many other items for students.

United Playaz
Location is 1038 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Main phone - (888) 975-2929
A major focus in on domestic violence prevention, but they also give out, and participate, in free school supply events with the Mayor office.

Collective Impact
Address - 1050 McAllister St
San Francisco, California 94115
Dial (415) 567-0400
School supplies, workforce development programs, Community Centers and more are available to the youth and adults of San Francisco.

Catholic Charities
Location is 1555 39th Ave
San Francisco, California 94122
Main number is (415) 972-1200
Churches that are part of Catholic Charities provide assistance, including clothes or school supplies. Get laptop bags, pens, backpacks, pencils, erasers, white outs, book bags and more. Donations and volunteers give the free items to students from Kindergarten to high school or even college. More on assistance from San Francisco Catholic Charities.





Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco
They have multiple centers around the city and county. Students and youth can be given a wide variety of goods. Rulers, paper, pencils, highlighters, pro-tractors, backpacks, binders and more. There may also be free gently used or new clothes for kids too. Call 415-445-5437.

Collective Impact
Main address is 1050 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94115
For information, dial (415) 567-0400
A wide variety of low-income programs and ant-poverty resources are given. Whether groceries, job training, or free school supplies during the summer or fall, help is offered.

Compass Family Services
Main address - 37 Grove Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Main number is (415) 644-0504
Free clothing closet, food pantry, soup kitchen and more are offered. They often partner with the United Way and charities to give-away gift cards for school, backpacks, tablets and other goods.

Free the Need
827 Joost Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127
Phone: (415) 587-6685
Free school supplies, meals, snacks, and more may be offered in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). There is a pantry, case management, hygiene supplies or small school items for children and more.

Economic Opportunity Council
Location is 1426 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
For information on services, dial (415) 749-5600
The regional community action agency. Youth Development Centers, a computer lab (for adults or students), grants, financial help, free school supply assistance and other goods.





Family Support Services
205 13th Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: (415) 861-4060


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