Looking for free school supplies near Spartanburg, SC? Wondering how you’re going to pay for school supplies this year? We’ve compiled a list of community groups and events in Spartanburg where free school supplies will be available for students!
Back to school is usually a hectic and stressful time for most families. For parents, the cost of all the necessary supplies might be too much of a financial burden to handle. The National Retail Foundation reports that families of school-aged children will spend $80.7 billion on supplies this year. Statistics show that this equates to an average of $500-700 per family. With the current uncertainty surrounding so many aspects of our lives, school supplies should be an easier problem to solve.
Often, it is teachers who step in to fill the void when families cannot afford to send needed supplies. Seeing this burden placed on teachers has led many communities to offer free supplies to children before school starts.
We’ve compiled a list of events that not only offer free school supplies, but also other valuable resources families might need as the new school year begins.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, many annual events included in this list have been cancelled. We will update this information as events are announced.
Free Backpack Gift at TCC Verizon Stores
8 TCC Verizon locations in upstate
August 1, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
Free backpack gift
Children in need of school supplies can visit any of the 8 Upstate TCC Verizon stores for a backpack and school supplies. One backpack is available per child and while supplies last. The participating locations are:
- 2190 Southport Road, Spartanburg
- 2098 Main Street East, Duncan
- 3935 Pelham Road, Greenville
- 2007 Augusta Street, Greenville
- 2603 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville
- 3550 Route 153, Greenville
- 127618 Mile Road, Center
- 1815 East Greenville Street, Anderson
Middle Tyger Community: Back to School Gift – District 5 Only
Thursday August 10, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
84 Groce Road, Lyman
Middle Tyger Community Center Back to School Competition
Book bags and school supplies will be provided to students attending a school in District 5. You can register in advance to avoid lines.
Back 2 School Giveaway (Drive-Thru) – Carolina Family Services
17 Memorial Medical Drive, Greenville, SC 29605
Carolina Family Services
August 7, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Back 2 School Giveaway
The new school year is fast approaching! Join the 5th Annual Carolina Family Services Back to School Contest on Saturday, August 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (while supplies last). We will provide 500 FREE book bags and school supplies to local students. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a bag of books.
Centraide of Piedmont
Thanks to generous donations from the community, their “Stuff The Bus” program will provide backpacks full of supplies to students in need across Spartanburg’s seven districts. For more information about this and other assistance programs, dial 211 from any phone 24/7.
Every child deserves to start the school year with a new set of supplies. We hope this list will help kids in the community do just that. We will continue to update this list as events are announced.
Past Procurement Events
The events below are from previous years. We will update this information for 2021 as information becomes available.
Good Start Woodruff
Saturday August 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
118 McEdco Road, Woodruff
Good Start: Woodruff
Back-to-school supplies and free breakfast will be provided as a drive-thru.
Spartanburg Housing Authority: bag of books/drive-through supply
Saturday August 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
467 Church Street South, Spartanburg
Spartanburg Housing Authority
Spartanburg Library System: Drive-Through Backpack Distribution
Saturday August 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
151 South Church Street, Spartanburg
This drive-in event will include a backpack, voter registration, library card sign-up, and census form assistance.
Did we miss an event? Let us know in the comments!