For many, the excitement and thrill of back-to-school can be overshadowed by the steep financial burden of supply shopping. These families are finding it impossible to scrape up the money, when they barely have enough to cover food and bills. Thankfully, these fantastic back to school events help to ease the worry for many families throughout the region.
Whether you find yourself in need this school year, or are able to make a donation, the events listed below help struggling families by providing free school supplies throughout the Chattanooga area. Click any of the links below to view more details about what types of donations are accepted and what supplies are given out.
For your convenience, the events are listed with Chattanooga and Hamilton County first, with all other counties following in alphabetical order.
Free School Supplies Near Chattanooga and Hamilton County
- Location: Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St., Chattanooga
- Date: July 20, 2019 at 12 PM
Registered families will enjoy food, music, and free school supplies!
Together with the Bethlehem Center, this organization donates fully stocked backpacks directly to in-need schools.
Over 300 kids in need will receive socks, undies, a backpack, and age appropriate school supplies including crayons, markers, graph paper, calculators, and much more!
Back to School Events in Bledsoe County
Give a Child a Chance
- Location: Bledsoe County High School
- Cost: Thursday July 25, 2019 at 9 AM
This event, hosted by Bledsoe County Public School, provides free school supplies to all, while supplies last. There is no information available online. Details were confirmed via phone call to the BCPS.
Per a phone call to Bradley County Public Schools, the school system receives donations directly, through local organizations and churches. If your church or organization would like to help, please contact BCPS at (423) 476-0620.
If you are struggling to afford school supplies, you should contact your child’s individual school to request assistance.
- Location: 921 S Cedar Ave, South Pittsburg
- Date: July 20, 2019 at
Students will receive a new backpack stocked with school supplies, while they last.
- Location: 108 W. 3rd St., Jasper
- Date: July 30, 2019 @ 9 AM
While supplies last, kids will be given a new backpack filled with school supplies.
Stuff the Bus
Look for Stuff the Bus collection containers inside your local Staples. These collection containers are hosted by United Way and all supplies collected will be donated directly to McMinn County Public Schools and Meigs County public Schools, where they will be distributed to those in need.
Give a Kid a Chance
- Location: Meigs County Park
- Date: August 3rd, 2019 at 8 AM – 12 PM
Families in need must pre-register for this event at the Meigs County Health Department and must be verified residents of Meigs County. Event attendees will receive a t-shirt, new back pack, and school supplies.
There will also be booths set up to help connect families with various community services throughout the region. If you have not pre-registered, you can still attend the event to visit the booths. You can also apply to receive surplus school supplies, as available.
Monetary donations for this event can be made at Cottonport Road Church of God, or dropped off at the Meigs County Board of Education office c/o Amanda Pritchett. Volunteers are also needed to help sort and bag all of the supplies on July 31st. To volunteer, please contact Amanda Pritchett at (423) 334-5793.
Stuff the Bus
The United Way will have collection bins inside Staples. All supplies collected in these bins will be donated directly to Meigs County Public Schools and McMinn County Public Schools. Individual schools will then distribute the supplies to students in need.
- Location: Rhea County Middle School, 405 Pierce Rd, Evensville, Tennessee
- Date: July 18, 2019 at 9 AM
Free school supplies will be given to Rhea County kids in need. Registration required by July 12. Donations are collected via the Stuff the Bus bins around town.
- Location: Sequatchie County High School, Dunlap
- Date: July 23, 2019 at 8 AM
This event is hosted by various churches and community organizations and is open to all families in need that live within Sequatchie County. This programs provides free school supplies, door prizes, and more! Pre-registration is required and applications can be picked up at the Sequatchie County Public Library or Health Department.