Free clothing closets, back to school supply and furniture programs in Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County.

Individuals and families in the Hillsborough County region of Florida can turn to clothing closets for free items. There may be free furniture for a new home, back to school supplies for students, clothes for work, baby items and much more. Most of the distribution centers are non-profits, churches, or charities, and they provide a number of services to people who are struggling.

Donations are used to meet needs of clients. Find free back to school supplies, clothes for work or school, items for senior citizens, and much more. While resources are limited and each request for help may be slightly different, the clothing closets and charity organizations will try to meet the demand. When possible, they will provide free or low cost work clothing, school bookbags or backpacks, or other household goods like kitchen supplies. During the holidays the demand for help will tend to increase, so locations will try to provide free Christmas assistance such as toys, clothing, or even meals.

If a center can’t help you, they can be a good place to contact for referrals. As they will usually be able to refer people to other non-profits and government programs that operate in Tampa Bay and nearby regions.

Abe Brown Ministries
2921 North 29Th Street
Tampa Bay FL 33605
(813) 247-3285
Provides referrals to men, and has information on clothing closets and thrift stores in the region. Pants, belts, briefcases, and many other goods may be passed out. School supplies, text books and other free educational supplies may be offered too.





Beth-El Farmworker Ministry
Main address - 18240 US 301 South
Wimauma FL 33598
Phone: (813) 633-1548
The non-profit provides referral, clothing, emergency food, and education services such as GED and ESOL to immigrants and others.

Location is 619 Eichenfeld Dr
Brandon, FL 33511
Telephone - 813-654-0491
The non-profit has Free Pregnancy Tests. In addition there is Case by Case Free Sonogram. Or apply to Earn While You Learn Program to earn freebaby  diapers, wipes, crib, car seat, clothes, and more.

Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc.
Location is 1401-A East Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL 33612
Call 813-558-1877 for information

They also run a program known as Children's Board Family Resource Centers, and this is run from a location at 7520 West Waters Avenue, Tampa. Call 813-356-1703





Dress for Success Tampa Bay
Programs operates at 1705 North Howard Avenue
Tampa FL 33607
Call (813) 731-1249
This is the local branch of the national non-profit. It provides professional clothing and development training to low-income women. The goal is to increase their employment potential. It encourages career development and can help people find a job. In addition, free business clothing (including suits) and accessories are provided to clients preparing for job interviews. You need a referral.

Goodwill Thrift Store- Tampa
4102 West Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa FL 33601
Phone: (813) 874-7077
Sells to the public an ever-changing stock of household items, affordable clothing, furniture, and related accessories. Some new merchandise may also be sold at Goodwill thrift stores. Microwaves, lamps, and some small appliances may be passed out.

Hope Children's Home
Location of non-profit 11415 Hope International Drive
Tampa FL 33625
Call (813) 961-1214

Metro Wellness and Community Centers
Location - 2235 Central Avenue
St Petersburg FL 33713
Call (727) 321-7212
They partner with a program as part of the Metropolitan Charities Thrift & Bargain Center. The Thrift Store provides the low income and needy in Hillsborough County with free household goods, clothing, Christmas aid, and other merchandise to anyone living with HIV/AIDS. Other items may be sold to the general public from the thrift store.

Mount Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church
3111 East Wilder Avenue
Tampa FL 33610
Phone: 813-238-1900
May have clothing, meals, and facilitate shelter.




Metropolitan Ministries - Outreach and Prevention Services
Location is 2301 North Tampa Street
Tampa Bay FL 33602
Call (813) 209-1044
Everything from clothes to financial aid for paying bills, furniture, free household items, school supplies, shoes or backpacks are available. More on Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa.

Pregnancy Care Center
Main address is 14620 North Nebraska Avenue
Tampa Florida 33613 United States
(813) 978-9737
Supports pregnant women, babies, and infants. Offers practical help with baby & maternity clothing and furnishings.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc.
Main address is 2021 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa Florida 33612-8667, (813) 631-4398
A second office is at 3204 San Diego Lane, Dover FL 33527, call (813) 707-7416
The center works with churches and charities such as Saint Vincent de Paul.

Without Walls International Church
2511 North Grady Avenue
Tampa FL 33607
(813) 879-4673

Salvation Army Tampa/Hillsborough
Corp Center - 13910 North Nebraska Avenue
Tampa FL 33613
(813) 972-4777
Sells household goods, clothing, furniture, school items, bedding and other items from the thrift store. Case managers offer social services, counseling, and maybe limited financial aid for housing, rent, or medications. During the summer they give out free gift cards as well as school supplies to students, including immigrants.

The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc.
209 North Willow Avenue
Tampa Bay Florida 33602
Phone: (813) 247-5433 ext. 202
Sells clothing, appliances, accessories, furniture, books, music and children's articles.

Hillsborough County Health & Social Services Department
There are two locations. They process applications for public aid (such as food stamps), can provide referrals to clothing and basic needs, and much more.

  • 201 14th Avenue Southeast, Ruskin FL 33570, 813-671-7647
  • 13605 North 22Nd Street, Tampa FL 33613, Phone: 813-975-2153





St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store
12310 North Nebraska Avenue
Tampa FL 33612
Main number is (813) 977-7057
Low cost goods are sold to the public, regardless of income. Beds, tables, couches, and much more is sold. More on Saint Vincent de Paul in Tampa Bay area.

Women of Freedom Ministry, Inc.
3001 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa Florida 33610
Call (813) 238-4820


By Jon McNamara

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