Backpacks and School Supplies to San Mateo County Youth

The purpose of the Children’s Fund’s Back-to-School Backpack and School Supply distribution is to ensure that low-income and foster children in grades K-12 start the school year with the tools they need, feeling prepared and ready to learn. This year, we plan to serve more than 1,800 youth for back-to-school season in San Mateo County.

Each child in our program is given a backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies.  All backpacks and school supplies are generously donated by the community. We serve the children during the back-to-school season and distribute the goods in time for the first day of school. 

These items make a difference!  A social worker who distributed backpacks and school supplies to foster children in time for the first day of school told us that the items, “made a big impact on their lives and were a huge motivation for them to start school.”

Who is eligible: 
We serve foster and low-income students entering K-12. Contact your case manager to apply!  We begin taking applications in June and distribute everything by the end of August in time for the first day of school.

HOST A COLLECTION DRIVE OR DONATE TO HELP A CHILD!

We are collecting backpack and school supply donations for our summer 2016 distribution NOW through July 20th!  

What we need:

  • Backpacks (all sizes, but no red or blue please).  
  • Crayons (boxes of 24), Markers (boxes of 8), Colored Pencis and Pens (blue, red, and black)
  • Scissors, glue sticks, and rulers
  • Highlighters, pencil sharpeners, and erasers
  • College ruled binder paper (packs of 100) and notebooks
  • Folders, dividers, and index cards
  • USB drives

Don't feel like going to the store?  Visit our wishlist at www.roonga.com/childrensfund16 and donate online!  Or, make a monetary donation and we will credit it to the school supply drive

Where bring donated items:  Our office at 1 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002.  If you have a large amount of items, call us and we can likely come pick them up from you!

Questions?  Contact us anytime: 650-802-5152 or childrensfund@smcgov.org