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 beginning of August in time for the first day of school.

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What we need: 

-All brand new items please

  • 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

Make a monetary donation and we will credit it to the school supply drive!

Where to bring donated items:  Our office at 1 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002.  Please ensure that all items are brand new. Donation receipts can be given to you at the time of drop off. Drop off hours are Monday- Thursday 9am-4pm.

Questions?  Contact us anytime: 650-802-5152 or