Struggling to afford all the supplies your kids need for this back-to-school season? Don't worry, you're not alone. Luckily, there are programs out there to help that offer free school supplies, backpacks, clothes, and other necessities so your child can start the year off right.
This guide will give you the tips on how to take advantage of resources for free school supplies in your neighborhood. Our goal is to help your children get all the tools they need to learn and also to give you the peace of mind that comes with that.
Back to School Supply Lists: What You'll Most Likely Need
Let's start by getting a supply list ready. Once you've been approved for a free school supplies program, you'll want to review the supply lists for your kids' grades to make sure they have everything they need.
You'll likely need pencils, erasers, glue sticks, safety scissors, crayons or colored pencils, rulers, and notebooks. Don't forget basic supplies like lunch boxes, water bottles, and backpacks. For younger kids, you may need things like blunt-tip scissors, washable markers, and preschool workbooks.
In addition to the basics, expect to need scientific calculators, protractors, compasses, and more advanced books. Kids this age may have specific needs for elective classes like art. Check with their school for required supplies.
High schoolers will need most of the same supplies as middle school students, as well as graphing calculators for math and science classes. They'll likely need materials for vocational classes or extracurricular activities like sports or clubs.
So what are your options to find free school supplies? First we have the Salvation Army, one of the largest charitable community organizations in the U.S. which runs back-to-school programs to provide supplies for families in need.
The Salvation Army partners with local organizations and companies like Walmart, Staples, and Target to collect and distribute free school supplies. Local Salvation Army centers work to get children of low income and military families' backpacks filled with everything they need to start the school year off right.
Kids in Need Foundation
The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) is another one of the larger non-profit organizations that provides back-to-school help for kids and teachers. Many local United Way chapters organize school supply drives and events where they provide free school supplies for those in need.
Applying for KINF’s school supply assistance is straightforward. You fill out an application on their website, which asks for information like your contact details, household members, income sources, and the ages and school grades of your children. KINF’s local coordinators will review your application and may contact you to schedule an in-person or phone interview. If approved, you will receive details on when and where to pick up your children’s supply kits.
National School Lunch Program: Help With Other School Costs
Once you've found the free supplies you need for your kids, it's possible you may need further assistance for their school-related expenses. Like food for example, typically a much larger expense than school supplies. Don't worry -- there's a great program available for this as well. The National School Lunch Program offers free or low-cost lunches for children from families with incomes at or below 130% of the poverty level.
The program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to over 30 million children each school day. For many low-income families, this program is a lifeline, helping to relieve the burden of paying for school lunches and ensuring children have access to healthy meals. Some schools that participate in the School Lunch Program may also offer breakfasts, after-school snacks, and summer food programs at no or low cost.
What Else Does This Program Offer?
In addition to lunches, some schools offer other benefits for families participating in the School Lunch Program like reduced fees for things like field trips, sports equipment, instruments, or books.
To Apply For School Lunch Program:
You can apply for the program at your child’s school or school district. You’ll need to provide information like your income and family size to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria. The good news is the application process is pretty straightforward. Once approved, your child will receive free or reduced-price lunches for the entire school year.
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Either way, the first step is to provide proof of identity with a government-issued ID. This is so you can confirm your participation in one of the qualifying programs or that you meet the household income requirement.
We accept the following U.S. Government Issued ID:
- U.S. Driver License
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
- Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Government, State or Tribal issued-ID
- U.S. Military ID cards
- Permanent Resident Cards
- Permanent Resident Alien Cards
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- Notice letter of participation, such as an award letter
- Program participation documents, such as a screenshot from an online account.
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- Unemployment Documentation
- Copy of your State or Federal income tax return.
- Three months' worth of current pay stubs.
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