Back to school time is exciting. It’s also expensive. Here are some places where you can get assistance for the students in your home if the lists of “must-buys” becomes too long.

Need School Supplies or Uniforms? Many churches and organizations do fundraisers to provide backpacks full of supplies. If you don’t see one below that fits your needs contact a large church in your area to see what they might have. Organizations like Operation School Bell, Backpack Attack, and give supplies directly to schools where they are then passed on to families in need so you can also contact your school to see if they can offer your child assistance with supplies. Individual schools in IPS and other uniform-wearing districts frequently offer uniform trade-in programs or sales. Contact your child’s school to ask about similar programs!

Events Providing Backpacks, Supplies, and More:

Please note that at all events children must be present to collect backpacks and other supplies.

Perry Township Uniform Sale

6548 Orinoco Ave. (PTECH Building)
Perry Township Annual Gently Used School Uniform Sale
Huge selection of quality uniform clothing, sizes Kindergarten through Adult, gently priced $3-$6!

Cash, check, and credit/debit cards accepted.

Shalom Health Fair-Shalom Health Center

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10am-2pm
3400 Lafayette Road Indianapolis, IN 46222
Free Backpacks, Health Screenings, Fun and Games, Music and Dancing, and more than 100 community partners sharing their information.

Child Advocates Free Kids’ Fair

Saturday July 20, 2019
4150 N. Keystone Ave. (Mainscape parking lot)
Backpacks, school supplies, games, popcorn, free books
Free admission, inflatables, face painting, and more!

Backpack Attack at Whiteland Church of Christ

Saturday, July 2oth, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
100 backpacks and school supplies available while supplies last, children must be present. Kids will have the opportunity to get a free, back-to-school haircut, learn about our free weekly tutoring program, Kroger’s The Little Clinic will be onsite to discuss school required immunizations, sports physicals, and other services that they offer. Fire and police departments will be there for the kids to tour their trucks and equipment and pick up some safety tips/information. This event is free.
Free school supply and backpack giveaway + haircuts.

Shalom Dr. Dannee Neal “Back To School” Health Fair

Saturday, July 20th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Shalom Health Care Center, 3400 Lafayette Road Suite 200, Indianapolis
Health screenings, wellness educations and information to children and their families. It will include FREE school and sports physicals, immunizations, eight (8) different medical screenings, a Kid’s Zone, bicycle giveaways and much more! Limited number of free backpacks and school supplies available.
Free School Supplies, Health Screenings, immunizations, school & sports physicals and giveaways!

Back to School Bash at Franklin Park Church

Saturday, July 2oth, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Come Celebrate Summer Break with free school supplies, a christian rapper, outdoor movie and an incredible fireworks show. There will also be a cash concession and a gift card giveaway. You don’t want to miss this exciting bash! This event is free but concessions are available for a fee.
Free school supply giveaway.

Back-to-School Backpack Extravaganza at Andy Mohr Kia in Avon

Saturday, July 2oth, 11 a.m.
Food, fun, face painting and more! The Bowtie Guy will be giving away 150 backpacks filled with school supplies and goodies for the kids.
Free school supply and backpack giveaway.

Verizon/TCC Rocks Backpack Bash Giveaway

Sunday, July 21st, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Participating stores around the country will be handing out free backpacks filled with school supplies on that day, while supplies last. Backpacks will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Each child receiving a backpack must be there with you at the giveaway. Find a participating store here.
Free backpacks filled with school supplies

Back to School Block Party-Indianapolis Urban League

Saturday, July 27th, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave, Indianapolis
Free Shoes, Health Screenings, Backpacks, School Supplies, Food!
Grab your friends and family for a day of fun and entertainment. Free backpacks and school supplies while supplies last. Free health screenings, free farmers’ market bags filled with fresh produce, free legal clinic, college fair.
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Covering Kids & Families Back to School Family Day

Marion County Public Health Department
3838 N. Rural Street, Indianapolis (Parking Lot)
(317) 221-2464
Free school supplies, health screenings, sports physicals, IFD Fire Safety Festival. Immunizations (with insurance or Medicaid card), Birth Certificates (fee and ID required).

Back to School Extravaganza-St. Luke’s UMC

Saturday, July 27, 2019
9 a.m. – 3:30 pm
Advanced registration required)
100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis Free backpack, school supplies, books, shoes, socks, and clothing (while supplies last), free vision and dental screening. This event includes a meal.

Tools for School-Merciful Help Center, Carmel

Supplies available starting on July 30th. Children must be present. (Families must APPLY BY JULY 10th, 2017 at 7:00pm. Spots are available on a first-come-first-served basis.)
Hamilton County families can apply to receive Free shoes, socks, underwear, coats, school supplies (of the children’s choosing and based on their supply list), and a free book.

Back to School Bash Westminster Neighborhood Ministries

Saturday, July 27th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
School Supplies, Backpacks, Uniforms and more!
Lunch served at 10:30 am.
Come join us celebrating the start of school!
School supplies, uniforms and backpacks.

Emma Donnan Students Only Annual Back-to-School Block Party

Saturday, August 3, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Students who are enrolled at Emma Donnan School before August 2nd will receive a FREE book bag and school supplies (while supplies last).
Also, enjoy FREE hot dogs, games, prizes and more
Free school supply and backpack giveaway.

Ms. Hoosier State South Side Back to School Bash

August 10, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Stewart Memorial Church, 1745 Minocqua Street, Indianapolis
Book bag giveaway, IFD Book Mobile, Fire truck show and tell, youth empowerment, food and drinks.

Where to Donate

Indy Backpack Attack is a local organization that is currently wrapping up its 2018 supply & donation drive. This organization places bins around the city and collects the most needed supplies. Indy Backpack Attack partners directly with Indianapolis Public Schools to distribute supplies to students in need.

Hendricks County Backpack United is collecting common school supplies to assist children in Hendricks County Schools.

To donate supplies in surrounding counties, Indy Backpack Attack suggests contacting the United Way of Central Indiana. Each county office has a coordinator for area donations. Click here for a list of most wanted supplies.

Teacher’s Treasures is a local organization that helps teachers help students. Teachers are able to “shop” for supplies they need in their classrooms. Donations are accepted during business hours, and monetary donations can be made online.

School on Wheels provides tutors for students experiencing homelessness. This program functions on volunteers and donations, providing academic support for vulnerable students. School on Wheels accepts monetary donations on their website, and there’s a link to their Amazon wish list there as well.