(2023) 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. These events will distribute free back to school supplies, so you have one less thing to worry about this school year!

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

Back to school events near Greenville, SC

Where to find free school supplies near me.

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 necessities at these free school supply drives.

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. Many are held at human service departments or local churches. Below you will free school supply events in Upstate, SC counties. Once you get your supplies, you will be able to look at what your child’s school requires and make a few marks on your checklist.

2023 FREE School Supplies 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.

Community Health Fair + School Supply Giveaway

Phillis Wheatley Community Center, Greenville
Free school supplies to the first 150 students with music, snacks, and more!
July 22, 2023, from 10 am to 1 pm
Phillis Wheatley Community Health Fair

Back to School Book Bag Give-a-way

Liberty, SC- Liberty Recreation Department
Sunshine Gantt Ministries, Caring And Nurturing, and The City of Liberty
July 22, 2023, 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.

United Way School Tools

Staunton Bridge Community Center, 165 Staunton Bridge Road, Greenville
Greer Relief, 202 Victoria Street, Greer
Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center, Simpsonville
July 29, 2023, 10 am to 2 pm
United Way School Tools Day

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

Pack Your Bags Picnic + Backpack Giveaway

20 Bell Road, Greenville
Woodruff Road Christian Church
July 29, 2023, 10 am – 1 pm
Pack Your Bags Picnic with free school supplies, a free picnic, and more. Students must have adults in attendance.

Backpack Giveaway: City of Greer

Victor Park Gymnasium, 108 S Line Street, Greer
July 29, 2023, 9 am – 1 pm
Backpack Giveaway

Free Backpack Giveaway at TCC Verizon Stores

8 TCC Verizon locations across the Upstate
July 30, 2023, While supplies last
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 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
  • 1708 East Greenville Street, Anderson

Back to School Splash

Morningside Baptist Church, 1115 Pelham Road, Greenville
August 2nd, 2023
Back to School Splash (more information to come once available)

Back 2 School Giveaway Drive-Thru

17 Memorial Medical Drive, Greenville
Carolina Family Services
August 5, 2023, 9 am to 12 pm
Back 2 School Giveaway Drive-Thru

800 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.

Upstate Community & Family Day

McAllister Square, 225 S Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
August 5th, 2023, 11 am to 1 pm
Community & Family Day

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

End of Summer Fest

1934 N Pleasantburg Drive Greenville
August 5th, 2023 at 11 am

Free school supplies for the first 100 children, plus food and entertainment, and a raffle.

Back to School Celebration

West Greenville Plaza, 1225 Pendleton Street, Greenville
August 5th, 2023, Noon-4 pm
Back to School Celebration

Free backpacks and school supplies plus free Kona ice and haircuts for the first 25 kids.

St. Paul UMC Pack the Backpack

1107 S. Main Street, Greenville
August 6th, 2023, 1-3 pm
Back the Backpack

You bring the backpack and you’ll be able to pack it with supplies of your choice.

Greer Police Dept Back to School Giveaway

B.P Edwards Park, Sunnyside Drive, Greer
August 12, 2023 from 9 am – 11 am
Free school supplies

2023 Free School Supplies Events Near Spartanburg, SC

Packs 4 Kids (register in advance)

Boiling Springs Middle School Gym
4801 South Highway 9, Inman
July 21, 2023, 9 am – 2 pm

Packs 4 Kids provides school supplies to students in school District 1 and District 2 only.

Jump Start Back to School

CC Woodson Community Center, Spartanburg
Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 10 am to 1 pm
Free backpacks with school supplies for ages K-12th grade (while supplies last)

Back to School Event

Town of Duncan
121 South Spencer Street, Duncan
August 5th, 2023, 10 am – 1 pm
Duncan Back to School Event

TVTYO Back to School Bookbag Giveaway

The Bethlehem Center
397 Highland Ave, Spartanburg
August 5th, 2023, 10 am to 12 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

2023 Free School Supplies Events in Anderson County

Back to School Bash-Anderson Mall

Anderson Mall
July 15, 2023, 11 am – 1 pm
Back to School Bash-Anderson Mall

Back to School Blessings

104 Waycross Church Road, Pelzer
July 23, 2023, 3 pm to 5 pm
Back to School Blessings

Community Back to School Supplies Giveaway

Homeland Park Baptist Church, 3010 Abbeville Highway, Anderson
Sunday, July 23, 2023 from 5 pm to 6 pm
Community Back to School Giveaway

Cannon’s Back 2 School Party, Central

Cannon Memorial Baptist Church, Central
July 26, 2023, 6-8 pm
Back 2 School Party

Back to School Block Party, Anderson

Southside Baptist Church, Anderson
July 30, 2023, 5-7 pm
Back to School Block Party

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

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2 years ago

How can I find how to donate to these organizations?

2 years ago
Reply to  Misha

You can contact them directly.

9 months ago

Where can I get free backpack in Greenville Texas

9 months ago
Reply to  yadirverdugo

You’ll have to look that up in your hometown. This is Greenville, South Carolina.