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Free School Supply Events

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The first day of school in NYC is September 7th, 2017! Does your student need school supplies? Do you have school supplies you want to donate to a family in need? Read the post below to learn about free events where you can pick up or drop off brand-new backpacks, notebooks, pencils, paper, crayons and all the other supplies that your student will need to succeed this school year – plus enjoy fun, family activities & celebrate the start of the new school year with your community! 

Looking for FREE School Supplies in Brooklyn?

St. Therese of Lisieux Church School Supply Give-away event
Date: Saturday, August 5th , 3 – 8 PM
Location: 4410 Avenue D, Brooklyn (Ave D & East 45th Street)
Free school supplies, food, face painting and more.
Click here to view Event Flyer.
For more information, please call (718) 629-9330.

NYSoM Back to School Bonanza
Date: Saturday, August 12th , 2 – 6 PM
Location: Raymond Bush Playground (308 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn 11221)
Limited Supply Of Free School Supplies (First Come First Serve), Live Music, Activities & more.
Click here to visit event website.
For more information, please email

Gwinin Gives Inaugural Back to School Event
Date: Sunday, August 20th , 2 – 8 PM
Location: Herbert Von King Park (670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn 11216)
Free School Supplies, Music & more.
Click here to visit event website.
For more information, please call 917-239-9994.

Senator Parker’s Annual Back-To-School Celebration
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 12 PM – 5 PM
Location: Paerdegat Park (East 40th St between Farragut Rd & Albany Ave.)
Free back-to-school supplies, food and children’s activities.
For more information, please call 718-629-6401.

Assemblywoman Richardson’s Family Day Event
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 12 PM
Location: Paerdegat Park (East 40th St between Farragut Rd & Albany Ave.)
School supplies, games, food and camaraderie. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
Click here to view event flyer.
For more information, please call 718-771-3105.

Ocean Avenue Tenants Association School Supply Distribution
Date: Sunday, August 27th, 10 AM – 6 PM
1306 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn (Ocean Avenue & Avenue H)
Free books, school supplies & snacks will be distributed.

2nd Annual Back to School Extravaganza
Date: Sunday, August 27th, 1 – 6 PM
Gemelli Event Space (788 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn 11226)
Free Book Bags w/supplies, games, face painting, popcorn, food & music.
Click here to visit website and to register for a back pack.

JCC of Marine Park Back to School Street Fair
Date: Monday, September 4, 2017, 12 – 4 PM
Location: 3415 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234
Free backpacks, food & entertainment. RSVP required!
Click here to visit event website & to RSVP to reserve a backpack and supplies.


Want to donate school supplies to help out a family in need?

Donate school supplies to Councilmember Jumaane Williams’ Office!  The office will be collecting notebooks, pencils, markers, paper, glue, hand sanitizer & crayons. Call 718-629-2900 for more information or drop off donated supplies at 4517 Avenue D, Brooklyn.

Operation Backpack Supports Homeless NYC Students - Thousands of school-age kids in New York City are homeless. You can donate to ensure these kids begin the school year with brand new, filled backpacks. Operation Backpack’s goal is 18,000 filled backpacks total. As of August 2016, the program is still hoping to collect & fill 1,500 additional packs. You are invited to donate to Operation Backpack’s CrowdRise campaign to purchase backpacks and any other supplies or if you have access to good quality high school backpacks and would like to donate them please call (917) 636-2167 to make donation arrangements. For more information, please visit the Operation Backpack website.

Are you a teacher seeking supplies for your classroom?

Don’t miss the month-long Back-To-School Supply Spree at Materials for the Arts (MFTA). Teachers can stock up on all kinds of free classroom & art supplies collected by NYC-MFTA for redistribution to public school students. Stop in during August through early September to find everything you will need for the new year from binders to computers to arts & crafts materials. MFTA is located at 33-00 Northern Blvd. in Queens. For more information, visit or call 718-729-3001 or email  for more information.

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers, is accepting applications to its new Teacher Supply Boxes program, which is focused on providing essential school supplies to pre-K-12 teachers of children in need. Successful applicants will receive two large boxes containing a predetermined assortment of essential items, including pencils, scissors, paper, and notebooks. To be eligible, applicants must be a certified pre-K-12 teacher in the United States and work for a school in which 70 percent of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. The foundations will be accepting applications for 2017 grants between July 13 and August 14, 2017. For more information, visit the website at

Minecraft PE HQ is inviting applications for its Educator Seed Money grant program. Through the program, MCPE HQ will award grants of $500  to a K-12 public school teacher and a K-12 home schooler in the United States for the purchase of educational supplies. To be eligible, applicants must be a teacher employed at a K-12 public school as a classroom teacher; reside and be teaching in the United States; have been teaching for at least six months; and have a class or classes taking place during the fall semester of the year in which the gift is awarded. K-12 homeschool educators must be homeschooling one or more students; reside and be homeschooling in the United States; have been homeschooling for at least six months; and be homeschooling during the fall semester of the year in which the gift is awarded. For more information, visit the website at


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