Free Back to School Supplies in Central Ohio

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A recent article on the Today Show's website takes aim at the rising costs of sending kids back to school. It talked with several parents who are seeing school fees rise alongside increased requests for monies via fundraising. According to the article, the National Retail Federation predicts the average parent will spend around $688.62 in back-to-school spending up more than 10 percent from the previous year.

While families struggle to recover from economic hits, extra money for supplies is in short supply. That's why Central Ohio organizations are stepping in to help. Several organizations are holding back-to-school rallies and supply giveaway events. Check out listing for locations, dates and requirements.

Welcome Warehouse

Located inside Indian Run United Methodist Church, the Welcome Warehouse offers programs to assist Dublin area families who are temporarily in need.  Those programs include:  Adopt-A-Family, Clothing Warehouse, Furniture Match Program, Multi-lingual and Mobile Computer Labs, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.  Call for details.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(614) 726-6958

Canal Winchester Community Center

Their Tools for Schools program provides free school supplies to children in need living in the Canal Winchester school district. Families can call, or children can receive a referral from a teacher.
22 South Trine Street, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
(614) 834-3888

Charity Newsies

Provides new clothing for school children of all ages in Franklin County free of charge. They can also provide shoes, winter coats and vouchers for school uniforms.
4300 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-4300

Christian Women United

Their annual back-to-school giveaway offers free kindergarten and sports physicals, immunizations, food, clothing and school supplies.
867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 937-8540

HandsOn Central Ohio

Formerly known as First Link, HandsOn’s comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources, including school supplies. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, 2-1-1 is available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2-1-1 or (614) 221-6766

Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI)

Distributes backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other school essentials to children in grades K to 12 living in zip codes 43201, 43202 and 43210. They also provide children with new clothing for school.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 297-0592

Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden Back-to-School Project

Provides backpacks filled with school supplies for children in grades K through 12 who otherwise might not be able to afford them.
5277 Infinity Court, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 875-3354

Victory Ministries

Helps over 600 children each school year with new school supplies.
2955 Switzer Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 252-2500

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a free school supplies giveaway for single parents and their children every August.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 890-0000

Volunteers of America Operation Backpack

Distributes new backpacks and school supplies to Central Ohio children in need every year.
1776 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 253-6100

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