Where to Find Free School Supplies in Spartanburg

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Wondering how you will afford school supplies this year? We’ve compiled a list of community groups and events in Spartanburg where free school supplies will be available to students!

Back to school time is usually a hectic, stressful time for most families. For parents, the cost of all the supplies needed might be a financial burden too large to handle. The National Retail Foundation reports that families of school-age children will spend $80.7 billion dollars on supplies this year. Statistics show that 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 times, it’s teachers that step in to fill the gap when families can’t afford to send in the necessary supplies. Seeing this burden placed on teachers has resulted in a lot of communities offering free supplies to children prior to the start of school. 

We’ve compiled a list of events that not only offer free school supplies but other valuable resources that families might need as the new school year begins.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, a lot of the annual events included in this list have been canceled. We will update this information as events are announced.

Middle Tyger Community: Back To School Giveaway- District 5 Only

Thursday, August 6th from 9 am – 6 pm
84 Groce Road, Lyman
Middle Tyger Community Center Back to School Giveaway

Book bags and school supplies will be provided to all students attending some form of school through District 5. A copy of the D5 fast pass registration must be presented for your student to receive the supplies.

Great Start Woodruff

Saturday, August 8th from 8 am – 10 am
118 McEdco Road, Woodruff
Great Start: Woodruff

Back to school supplies and a free breakfast meal will be provided in a drive-thru format.

Spartanburg Housing Authority: Bookbag/Supply Drive-Thru Giveaway

Saturday, August 22nd from 1 pm – 3 pm
467 South Church Street, Spartanburg
Spartanburg Housing Authority

Spartanburg Library System: Backpack Giveaway Drive-Thru

Saturday, August 23rd from 4 pm – 7 pm
151 South Church Street, Spartanburg

This drive-thru event will include a backpack giveaway, voter registration, library card sign-up & census form help.

United Way Of The Piedmont

Thanks to generous donations from the community their “Stuff The Bus” program will provide supply filled backpacks to students in need throughout all seven Spartanburg Districts. For more information on this and other assistance programs, dial 211 from any phone 24/7.

Every child deserves to start the school year off with a new set of supplies. We hope this list helps kids in the community do just that. We will continue to update this list as events are announced.

Did we miss an event? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom
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