Free School Supplies Near Chattanooga TN: Back to School Events 2023

For many, the excitement and thrill of back-to-school can be overshadowed by the steep financial burden of supply shopping. Thankfully, these fantastic events with free school supplies near Chattanooga help to ease the worry for many families throughout the region.

Whether you find yourself in need this school year or are able to make a donation, the events listed below help struggling families by providing free school supplies throughout the Chattanooga area. Click any of the links below to view more details about what types of donations are accepted and what supplies are given out.

For your convenience, the events are listed with Chattanooga and Hamilton County first, with all other counties following in alphabetical order.

Free school supplies and back to school events near Chattanooga TN

Free School Supplies Near Chattanooga and Hamilton County

Back to School Bash

August 5, 2023
Tennessee River Park, Chattanooga

At this fun annual back-to-school event, families will have the opportunity to participate in fun activities and learn about community resources.

East Brainerd Back to School Bash

July 21, 2023

This fun back-to-school event will include door prizes, water slides, hot dogs, water slides, and more.

Nehemiah Project

July 29, 2023
Chattanooga Area Food Bank

The Bethlehem Center and Backpack Chattanooga join forces each year to provide free backpacks and school supplies for local community members in need.

Backpack Chattanooga

Together with the Bethlehem Center, Backpack Chattanooga donates fully stocked backpacks directly to in-need schools.

Back to School Events in Bledsoe County

Give a Child a Chance

July 20, 2023
Bledsoe County High School

This back-to-school event, hosted by Bledsoe County Public Schools, provides free school supplies and a backpack to any student in the district, while supplies last. Students must be present.

Free school supplies and back to school events near Chattanooga TN

Bradley County

Per a phone call to Bradley County Public Schools, the school system receives donations directly, through local organizations and churches. If your church or organization would like to help, please contact BCPS at (423) 476-0620.

If you are struggling to afford school supplies, you should contact your child’s individual school to request assistance.

McMinn County

Stuff the Bus

Look for Stuff the Bus collection containers inside your local Staples. These collection containers are hosted by United Way and all supplies collected will be donated directly to McMinn County Public Schools and Meigs County Public Schools, where they will be distributed to those in need.

Contact your child’s school if you will need supplies or would like to donate directly to the school.

Meigs County

Give a Kid a Chance

August 5, 2023
Piggly Wiggly, Decatur

Families in need must pre-register by June 30th for this event at the Meigs County Health Department and must be verified residents of Meigs County. Event attendees will receive a t-shirt, a new backpack, and school supplies.

There will also be booths set up to help connect families with various community services throughout the region. If you have not pre-registered, you can still attend the event to visit the booths. You can also apply to receive surplus school supplies, as available.

Rhea County

Give a Kid a Chance

July 27, 2023
Rhea County Fair Grounds

Free school supplies will be given to Rhea County kids in need. Families must pre-register for this event.

Sequatchie County

Give a Kid a Chance

July 28, 2023
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Dunlap

Students still receive a free backpack with school supplies, while supplies last.

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Erica is a long-time resident of East TN and the founder of East TN Family Fun. She's also a sucker for a good adventure. Together with her hubs and kiddos, she spends her time exploring, homeschooling, and making memories.

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