Free School Supplies Near Knoxville, TN: Back to School Events 2019

For many families in East Tennessee, the excitement of back-to-school is laced with worry. Already struggling to meet their basic needs, the yearly school supply list is just another source of stress. These back to school events help to ease some of the burden, by providing free school supplies to in-need families throughout the region.

Below you’ll find all the details about how to register for school supplies, and how to donate. For your convenience, events in Knoxville and Knox County are listed first, while all remaining counties are listed below in alphabetical order.

Click any event name to verify the details or get additional information.

Free School Supplies and Back to School Events in Knoxville

Free School Supplies in Knoxville and Knox County

Back to School Bash

  • Where: Dante Church of God, 410 Dante School Rd, Knoxville
  • When: canceled for 2020

At this event, 250 backpacks stocked with school supplies will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. You can also sign up in advance to reserve one. Attendees will also enjoy a free worship concert, kids activities, and concessions. .

Shoes For School

  • Where: Caswell Park, 570 Winona Street, Knoxville
  • When: due to current events, shoe distribution is by appointment only

This event provides 1,200 pairs of shoes to local area children. It is hosted by the Knoxville Area Urban League.

Mission of Hope Back to School Program

This back to school program donates fully stocked backpacks to high-needs schools where they are distributed by the teachers and administration based on need. Follow the link to donate.

Back to School Health and Disability Resource Fair

  • Where: Central Baptist Church, 5364 N. Broadway St., Knoxville
  • When: TBA, 2020 They plan to keep an eye on things before picking a fair date.

Enjoy free food, door prizes, health vendors, free school supplies and more! Parents must pre-register each child who will be receiving school supplies in advance.

Brews for Backpacks

  • Where: Printshop Beer Company, 1532 Island Home Ave., Knoxville
  • When: canceled, 2020

This is a donation event, where all collected school supplies will be donated to children in foster care. Bring a new backpack with 3 new school supplies, and receive a free pint of beer. Please stick to items on the supply list, found at the link above.

Back to School Luau

  • Where: South Knoxville Church of God, 5623 Magazine Rd., Knoxville
  • When: canceled 2020

Enjoy food, fun, games, and free school supplies while they last.

Back (Pack) to School Bash

  • Where: 1520 Willoughby Rd., Knoxville
  • When: July 19, 2020 at 3PM

Food, bounce houses, fun, and backpacks full of school supplies. This event is hosted by Forward Knoxville.

Title 1 School Program

In addition to providing classroom school supplies for Title 1 schools in Knox County, this programs help students in need throughout the year, with coats, food and more! Donate at the link above.

Anderson County

Aid for Distressed Families in Appalachian Counties

This programs serves around 3,500 students annually by providing backpacks, school supplies,and more! This charity distributes the filled pack packs to families in need, throughout Anderson County.

Free school supplies and back to school events in Knoxville, TN

Blount County

Helping Hands

  • When: July 18 and 25, 2020
  • Where: Hermitage High School, Maryville

All pre-registered children will receive a backpack, school supplies, and a brand new pair of shoes. There will also be hair cuts, food, music, and games all for free!

Blount County Education Foundation

Donate new school supplies at either the Maryville or Alcoa Walmart throughout tax free weekend. School supply donations collected at this event are distributed directly to schools throughout Blount County,

Cocke County

Sunset Gap School Supply Giveaway

School-age children will be given a new backpack stocked with school supplies. This is a joint charity for Cocke and Sevier counties.

Grainger County

Back to School Bash, Hosted by Appalachian Outreach

  • Where: 511 Municipal Drive, Jefferson City
  • When: August 1, 2020 at 9 AM

School-age children will receive a backpack full of school supplies, while they last. There will also be kids’ activities, music, food, and more! This event serves both Cocke, Grainger, and Jefferson Counties.

Food On Foot Foundation Giveaway

In addition to distributing fully stocked backpacks at the beginning of the school year, this foundation helps local families year-round with over 1200 food bags distributed each month. They also distribute toys and clothes during the holidays. Donations are accepted all throughout the year.

Hamblen County

Food On Foot Foundation Giveaway

This giveaway helps to ensure that kids in-need receive a band new backpack stocked with supplies, to help start the year off right. They also provide monthly food bags, clothes, Christmas gifts and more! They accept donations all year long.

Jefferson County

Appalachian Outreach Back to School Bash

  • Where: 511 Municipal Drive, Jefferson City
  • When: August 1, 2020 at 9 AM

Enjoy food, kids’ games, and free backpacks filled with school supplies, while they last. This event serves both Jefferson and Grainger counties.

Loudon County

Good Samaritan Center School Supply Distribution

This program provides over 900 fully stocked backpacks each year to the students of Loudon County. Visit the link above if you are in need or would like to donate.

Loudon County Family Resource Center

In need families can also contact the resource center for free school supplies, clothing, food, and more on an as-needed basis. The resource center doesn’t provided the items directly but will connect you with the local charities that will best meet your needs.

Monroe County

High Fives and School Supplies

  • Location: Madisonville Primary School
  • Date: July 25, 2020 at 4 PM

Hosted by the Family Resource Center, the first 500 students will receive a new backpack with school supplies, and a t-shirt. Students must attend either Monroe County Schools or Sweetwater City Schools.

Roane County

South Harriman Baptist Church

  • Location: 626 Ruritan Rd., Harriman, TN
  • Date: canceled, 2020

Students must be present to receive the supplies.

Sevier County

Sunset Gap School Supply Giveaway

Students will receive a new fully-stocked backpack. This is a joint event for Sevier and Cocke counties.

Union County

St. Teresa of Kolkata

  • Location: 3445 Maynardville Hwy., Maynardville
  • Date: canceled, 2020

School-age children will receive a new backpack stocked with school supplies. 1 event will be held specifically for church members, and a separate event will be held for community members.

2 thoughts on “Free School Supplies Near Knoxville, TN: Back to School Events 2019”

    • I am not aware of any large events in Claiborne County. I would contact the school directly to see if they provide supplies on a need basis, or if they know of a smaller charity that may be able to help.


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