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Free School Supply Events

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The first day of school in NYC is September 5th, 2018! Does your student need school supplies? Do you have school supplies you want to donate to a family in need? Are you a teacher in need of supplies for your classroom? 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 students 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?

NYSoM Back to School Sports & Health Day
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 , 2 – 5 PM
Location: Stockton Playground (662 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206)
Limited supply of free back to school supplies (first come first serve), sports exhibitions by NYC metro area sports teams, health care screenings and much more!
For more information, please email

Gwinin Gives Back to School Event
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018 , 1- 6 PM
Location: Herbert Von King Park (670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn 11216)
Free school supplies, games for the whole family, music & more.
For more information, please contact

Midwood Library Back to School Celebration
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018, 1 PM – 6 PM
Location: 975 East 16th St. at Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Midwood Library’s annual back to school celebration features food, books for sale, raffles, arts and crafts, handmade items, games and much more!
For more information, call (718) 252-0967.

Reaching-Out Community Services Back-to-School Event
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018, 12 – 2 PM
Location: 7708 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn 11214
Back packs and various school supplies available for over 500 children.
For more information, contact all Tom Neve at 718-373-4565 ext. 1 or

I Will Graduate Back to School Event
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018, 3 PM – 8 PM
Location: 1001 Herkimer Street (corner of Herkimer & Howard Ave.)
Free school supplies, music and entertainment.
For more information, call (718) 385-3133.

Senator Parker’s 11th Annual Back-To-School Celebration
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 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 25, 2017, 12 PM
Location: 330 Empire Blvd. (between Rogers – Nostrand Avenue)
School supplies, games, food and camaraderie. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
For more information, please call 718-771-3105.

Brooklyn Multi-Service Community Center (BkMSCC) Back-to-School Event
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2017, 1 – 5 PM
Location: Linden Houses Park (Wortman btw. Van Siclen and Vermont Flag Pole)
Join us for a Free Back to school event! Obtain Supplies and socialize. Donations are welcome. Drop off or pick up.
For more information, email or call (347)694-5664

Ocean Avenue Tenants Association School Supply Distribution
Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 10 AM – 7 PM
Location: 1306 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn (Ocean Avenue & Avenue H)
Free books, school supplies & snacks will be distributed.

More FREE School Supply Giveaway Events in NYC!

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?

Materials for the Arts is a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Departments of Sanitation and Education. We collect a wide variety of reusable materials from businesses and individuals and make them available for free to public school teachers and nonprofits and civic organizations with arts programming. By providing a way for people to donate their unneeded supplies to thousands of creative and educational activities across the five boroughs, MFTA diverts over 1 million pounds of materials from the landfill each year. 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 for Teacher Supply Boxes program, which is focused on providing essential school supplies to pre-K-12 teachers of children in need. Studies show that teachers spend an average of $500 per year of their own money to help kids whose families just can’t afford the required materials. Teacher Supply Boxes will provide successful applicants with two boxes containing roughly $500 in the most essential school supplies — from notebooks and markers to pens and glue. The foundations will be accepting applications for 2017 grants between July 18 and August 19, 2018. For more information, visit the website at

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