Where You Can Find Free School Supplies Near Greenville, SC

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Did you know there are a number of community events giving away free school supplies in Upstate, SC? Do you know of a family who needs help purchasing school supplies this year? A new school year is almost upon us. For most families a trip to the store for new supplies is imminent. A recent study revealed that most families of school-age children in the US spend between $500-700 on new school supplies. This amounts to a whopping estimated 80.7 billion dollars! That’s a lot of composition notebooks!

This article includes:
Free School Supplies Events in Greenville, SC
Free School Supplies Events in Spartanburg County
Free School Supplies Events in Anderson County

Are you looking for free school supplies in the Columbia, SC area? You’ll find our Free School Supply Events in Columbia, SC list on Kidding Around Columbia.

How Do I Get Free School Supplies for My Kids?

Some Upstate families struggle to make ends meet, and the added burden of school supply lists is often more than they can afford. Typically when families can’t afford to send the proper tools to school, heroic teachers wind up closing the gap with their own money. For this reason communities have begun stepping up to the plate and offering families free school supplies.

These are often given away at fun events so that children don’t feel stigmatized. Some events also giveaway a cook-out-style lunch, have live music and even things like bounce houses. One of the easiest ways to get free school supplies for your kids is to look for these events in your area. Below you will free school supply events in Upstate, SC counties.

2022 FREE School Supply Events Near Greenville, SC

We’ve compiled a list of local groups holding these types of events, and will continue to update the list as more are announced.

Back to School Book Bag Give-a-way

Liberty, SC- Old Liberty High School Football Stadium
Sunshine Gantt Ministries, Caring And Nurturing, and The City of Liberty
July 23, 2022, 10 am to 1 pm
Back to School Book Bag Give-a-way

The event is FREE and includes a first come-first served backpack giveaway, filled with school supplies. There will also be free bounce houses, food, music, and more.

Back to School Splash

Morningside Baptist Church, 1115 Pelham Road, Greenville
July 29, 2022 from 9 am – Noon and August 10, 2022 at 7 pm
Back to School Splash

Unity Health on Main’s 3rd Annual Back to School Event

505 N. Main Street, Greenville
Unity Health on Main
July 30, 2022- 10 am – 12 pm
Back to School

At this first-come first-served drive-thru event, families will receive school supplies (students must be present for supplies), along with FoodShare Fruit and Veggie boxes from Mill Village Farms (1 box per family, while supplies last).

Upstate Community & Family Day

McAllister Square, 225 S Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
July 30, 2022 from 11 am – 1 pm
Community & Family Day

Free backpacks and school supplies for kids K-12th grade while supplies last

Free Backpack Giveaway at TCC Verizon Stores

8 TCC Verizon locations across the Upstate
July 31, 2022, 1-4 pm
Free Backpack Giveaway

Children in need of school supplies can pop into any one of 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:

  • 3935 Pelham Road, Greenville
  • 2007 Augusta Street, Greenville
  • 2603 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville
  • 3550 Highway 153, Greenville
  • 2098 East Main Street, Duncan
  • 2190 Southport Road, Spartanburg
  • 127618 Mile Road, Central
  • 1815 East Greenville Street, Anderson

Back 2 School Giveaway Drive-Thru

17 Memorial Medical Drive, Greenville
Carolina Family Services
August 6, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm
Back 2 School Giveaway Drive-Thru

500 backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away at this drive-thru event. Students must be present with a parent or guardian to receive a backpack.

Backpack Giveaway

Victor Park Gymnasium, 108 S Line Street, Greer
August 6, 2022, 10 am – 1 pm
Backpack Giveaway

United Way School Tools

Staunton Bridge Community Center, 165 Staunton Bridge Road, Greenville
Greer Relief, 202 Victoria Street, Greer
August 6, 2022, 10 am to 2 pm
United Way School Tools Day

This event will include free school supplies and backpacks given to students, information on free and low-cost after-school activities, Mill Village Farm box registration, free food and music.

Pack Your Bags Picnic

20 Bell Road, Greenville
Woodruff Road Christian Church
August 6th, 2022, 10 am – 2 pm
Pack Your Bags Picnic with free school supplies, free cookout with hot dogs, chips, lemonade and cookies, bounce houses and more!

Middle School: Back to School Giveaway

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center 335 Greenacre Road, Greenville
August 6th, 2022, 11 am – 1 pm
Free tablet to the first 100 people to register
Back to School Giveaway

Ingles Back to School Backpack Giveaway

Ingles Cherrydale, 1500 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville
August 13th, 2022, Noon – 2 pm
They are giving away 100 bookbags filled with school supplies and coupons from Ingles Markets. Kids must be present to receive the supplies.
Back to School Backpack Giveaway

Greer Police Dept Back to School Giveaway

B.P Edwards Park, Sunnyside Drive, Greer
August 13th, 2022 – 9-11 am
Free school supplies

1st Annual Backpack Giveaway

Victor Field & Gym, 108 S Line Street, Greer
August 13th, 2022, 2-6 pm
Backpack Giveaway

They will be giving away 50 backpacks.

2022 Free School Supply Events Near Spartanburg, SC

Back2School Giveaway

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
635 Mount Pleasant Road, Spartanburg
July 31, 2022, 11 am to 1 pm
Back2School Giveaway at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

This event will include free haircuts, socks, bibles, and backpacks with school supplies for students who must be present to receive the items.

Back to School Event

Town of Duncan
121 South Spencer Street, Duncan
August 2, 2022, 6 to 9 pm
Duncan Back to School Event

Free school supplies, food trucks, and family fun.

Back to School Bash

Temple Church
171 Watkins Court, Spartanburg
August 3, 2022 at 5:15 pm
Back to School Bash

Free school supplies, pizza, and hair cuts.

Packs 4 Kids (register in advance)

Upstate Family Resource Center
1850 Old Furnace Road, Boiling Springs, SC
August 6th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm

Packs 4 Kids provides school supplies to students in District 1 and District 2 only. Register for a pick-up appointment in advance by completing the Packs 4 Kids form.

TVTYO Back to School Bookbag Giveaway

The Bethlehem Center
397 Highland Ave, Spartanburg
August 13th, 2022, 10 am to 2 pm

This is a backpack and school supply giveaway for kids who must be present. Kids will also receive a free hot dog lunch.
TVTYO Back to School Giveaway

2022 Free School Supplies in Anderson County

Back to School Blessings

104 Waycross Church Road, Pelzer
July 24, 2022, 2 to 4 pm
Back to School Blessings

Event includes FREE backpacks with supplies, shoes, and socks for kids, family food boxes, plus ministering, music, puppets, and free hotdog lunch.

Cannon’s Back 2 School Party, Central

Cannon Memorial Baptist Church, Central
July 27, 2022, 6-8:30 pm
Back 2 School Party

Back to School Giveaway

First Baptist Church Belton and Chiquola Baptist Church in Honea Path
August 4, 2022 at 9-11 am and 5-6:30 pm
Back to School Giveaway

Community Back to School Supplies Giveaway

Homeland Park Baptist Church, 3010 Abbeville Highway, Anderson
August 7th, 2022 at 5 pm
Community Back to School Giveaway

We hope this info helps every child in the Upstate to get off to a wonderful new school year!

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1 year ago

How can I find how to donate to these organizations?

1 year ago
Reply to  Misha

You can contact them directly.