Free Clothing and School Supplies

It’s almost Back-to-School time in Central Ohio and the high cost of school supplies leaves many parents unsure of how they will afford the needed materials. Below you will find a list of local organizations that provide free items for families in need. Be sure to check directly with each organization for the most up to date information or any changes.

This post has been updated with information for 2018. Please comment below if you know any other organizations that would be helpful for others.

Free Clothing & School Supplies:

Charity Newsies

Children in grades K-12 are provided new clothes free of charge. In addition, shoes, winter coats and school uniform vouchers are provided as well.

4300 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214

(614) 263-4300

Website: Charity Newsies

HandsOn Central Ohio

HandsOn provides resources for social and government services, including school supplies for those in need. All services are free throughout Franklin County 24 hours, 7 days a week.

195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766

Website: Hands on Central Ohio or Back to School Supplies

Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI)

Do you live in the following zip codes 43201, 43202, 43210 or 43211? If so, your children in grades K-12 can receive the following school supplies: backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other school essentials. Sign up from July 2 – August 1, 2018.

Find more information here: Back-to-School Program

1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201

(614) 297-0592

Website: Neighborhood Services, Inc.

Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden Back-to-School Project

FREE backpack with school supplies giveaway

Date: Friday, August 10, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am or until supplies last

Location: Shoemaker Industrial Solutions

831 Bonham Avenue

Columbus, OH 43211

(614) 488-4250

Website: Tom Fennessy

Victory Ministries

Provides hundreds of children each school year with new school supplies. Some school uniforms will be given out as well. Call to schedule an appointment.

2955 Switzer Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219

(614) 252-2500

Website: Victory Ministries

Welcome Warehouse

Welcome Warehouse offers programs to assist Dublin area families (Dublin City School students K-12 only for the 2018-2019 school year) who are temporarily in need. Those programs include: Clothing Warehouse and Back to School Outreach.

6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016

(614) 726-6958

Website: Welcome Warehouse

Pick Up Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

Back to School Family Community Day in partnership with National Urban League

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

Time: 10:30 am- 5:00 pm (Doors open at 10 am)

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center

There are lots of activities going on here such as free backpacks and school supplies (while supplies last), free health screenings, pop-up styling stations (first come, first served), free local farmer’s market bags filled with fresh produce, information & resources and live entertainment. Children must be accompanied by an adult and present to receive a backpack and school supplies.

Website: National Urban League

Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN)

Back-to-School Fair

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Time: 11:00 am- 1:00 pm

GRIN will be providing book bags, school supplies, socks, personal hygiene items, books, underwear and haircuts.

Application for assistance.

Location: Gahanna-Lincoln High School

School Supplies Give Away

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: The Purpose Center Church

16 Westerview Dr., Westerville, OH 43081


Website: The Purpose Center Church

Volunteers of America Operation Backpack

Volunteer of America provides backpacks to children in the VOA housing program, homeless children living in shelters and children in need. VOA works with partner agencies and school districts to provide as many backpacks as possible to students collected from Operation Backpacks.

1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

(614)-253 6100

Website: Operation Backpack

Vineyard Columbus

Vineyard Columbus partners with Columbus City Schools to provide back to school support. Contact your child’s school to ask about the school supply giveaway.

Website: Vineyard Columbus

Trinity Baptist Church Community Fellowship 

Mini car show, mini motorcycle show, game truck, bounce houses, game truck, food, dunk tank and a BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY.

Date: July 28, 2018

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: 461 St. Claire Avenue

Columbus, OH 43203

(614) 258-9583

Website: Trinity Baptist Church

King Arts Complex: 6th Annual Back to School Community Day

SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAYS and live performances

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: 867 Mount Vernon Avenue

Columbus, OH 

(614) 645- 5464

Website: Kings Arts Complex

Hopefully this list provides you with ideas on where to check for free clothing and supplies if you are in need. 

**Clothing and school supplies subject to families needs and availability**

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