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.
Saturday, June 30th from Noon-5 pm
1616 E 25th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Free family day with food, vendors, school backpack giveaways, and more! First-come, first-served.
Friday, July 13th, 2018; 8am – 4pm & Saturday, July 14th, 2018; 8am – 12pm
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.
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 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.
Saturday July 21st
4150 N. Keystone Ave. (Mainscape parking lot)
Backpacks, school supplies, games, popcorn, free books
Free admission, inflatables, face painting, and more!
Saturday, July 28, from 10 am-1 pm
777 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis
Free Shoes, Health Screenings, Backpacks, School Supplies, Food!
Pre-register to guarantee a backpack!
Saturday, July 29 from 8:30 am-Noon
Marion County Public Health Department
3838 N. Rural Street, Indianapolis (Parking Lot)
Free school supplies, health screenings, sports physicals, IFD Fire Safety Festival. Immunizations (with insurance or Medicaid card), Birth Certificates (fee and ID required).
Saturday, July 28 & 29 from 10am-2:30 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. UPDATE: This event is full and registrations are no longer being accepted.
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.
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.