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 school 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 that backpack and other supplies.
Saturday, July 8 from Noon-5 pm
1129 Vandeman Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
Free family day with food, vendors, school backpack giveaways, and more! First-come, first-served.
Saturday, July 22 from 10 am-2 pm
3400 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
Free Backpacks and Health Screenings-Child Immunizations; Sports Physicals; Blood Pressure and Glucose Testing; HIV Testing; Foot, Dental, STD, Prostate, Hearing, and Vision Screenings, Chiropractor. Entertainment-Soccer Clinic, Face Painting, Magician, Bicycle Raffle, Dance Groups, Music, More!
Saturday, July 22, 10 am-1:30 pm
777 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis
Free Shoes, Health Screenings, Backpacks, School Supplies, Food!
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 29 from 10 am-2:30 pm (Advanced registration highly recommended)
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis
Free backpack, school supplies, books, shoes, socks, and clothing (while supplies last), free vision and dental screening. Event includes a meal.
Supplies available starting on July 30th.
Children must be present. (Families must APPLY BY JULY 10, 2017 at 5 pm. 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
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.
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.