School is almost in session. Here are several Back to School Giveaways in Cincinnati. Find the one for you!


School is less than three weeks away for most kids. While students are still scrambling to finish their summer reading, parents are looking for inexpensive school supplies that will last throughout the year. To keep your bank account balanced and stay within your budget, here is a list of organizations that have free back to school giveaways in Cincinnati.

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Christian Outreach and Wellness Free School Supplies
3710 Eastern Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45226

Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Free backpacks and school supplies will be will be distributed while supplies last. Children in grades K-12 who live in zip codes 45226, 45230, 45202, and 45208 are eligible. Proof of address and zip code are needed for each student to receive supplies. For more information, call 513-871-8611.


Springdale Nazarene Church, Tri County Soul Ministries Back to School Giveaways
11177 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45246

August 1 – 31
Times vary

Eligible participants must live in zip codes 45246, 45240 or 45218. School supplies, as well as other services will be provided for those in need. Proof of address for each student is needed to receive supplies. If you are not a client, you must sign up to receive assistance during pantry hours; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday & Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. For more information, call 513-772-2277.


Elmwood Place Library Back to School Extravaganza
6120 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45216

August 9
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Back to School season by playing games and winning school supplies. All ages and grade levels are welcome to participate.  For more information, call 513-369-4452.


Abundant Life Church School Supply Giveaway
2740 Hyannis Drive Cincinnati, OH 45251

August 12
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Children of all ages, grades and zip codes are welcome to the Annual Back to School Giveaway at the Abundant Life Church. Each child is given a free book bag filled with school supplies. A child must be with a parent to receive supplies. For more information, call 513-742-1159.

Happen Inc Back to School Giveaway
4201 Hamilton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45223
August 12
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Children must come with their parents to receive a book bag with pencils, pens, crayons, binders, rulers, folders and more. For more information, call 513-751-2345.

I Dream Academy Back to School Event
8075 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237
August 12
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The I Dream Academy will be hosting their first Back to School event. Face painting, food, drinks and much more will be provided. Children must attend the event with a parent in order to receive a back pack with school supplies. For more information, call 513-873-5181.


Operation Give Back
10891 Millington Court, Cincinnati, OH 45242

August 12
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This one day event offers free school supplies to those living in the Sycamore School District and Stewart Elementary area. Children participating must attend with their parent and provide proof of address to get supplies. For more information, call 513-489-2023.

Black-owned Boyz Annual Back 2 School Drive
822 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
August 13
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Black-owned teamed up with OTR Live, PRVLGD, The Illest Sneaker Connection and 160 Promotions to make their back to school event bigger than last year. Children must be present with an adult to receive their book bag with supplies. A jersey signed by Pacman Jones will also be raffled off. Once this event is over, children who receive a book bag can receive free brunch at PRVLGD (301 W. 5th Street, 45202) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Fore more information, call 513-407-3496.

African American Chamber Back to School Backpack Giveaway
2945 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
August 15
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

At least 200 backpacks will be given to kids in the community at this back to school giveaway in Cincinnati so they can start the year off right. You will also get the chance to meet some of the chamber members. If you have any questions for would like to donate supplies to this cause, call 513-751-9900 ext. 113.


Norwood Library Teen Thursday Back to School Bash
4325 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45212

August 17
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

If you’ve got the back to school blues, this may be the cure for you. Head over to the Norwood Branch Library for one last party before school starts. Not only do you get to play great games such as cornhole, you also get to stock up on personalized DIY school supplies and meet new people. This event is for teens only. For more information, call 513-369-6037.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Books Unplugged
3204 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
August 19
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

This back to school fair, hosted by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Andrew’s, will be held at Evanston Recreation Center. Come out and enjoy games, story time and receive free books, book bags and school supplies. For more information, call 513-531-4337.


Crayons to Computers
1350 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (Free Store)

August – May
Hours Vary

This is a not-for-profit free store for teachers focused on the educational and imaginative needs of children in the greater Cincinnati area at schools on this list. All teachers should bring a form of I.D. to pick up supplies. For more information and operations hours, visit Crayons to Computers.


Although these places are more than happy to give all they can to those in need, they can also use an occasional helping hand. Most of the places listed above are open to receiving donations so they can give to a larger audience. If you have a few empty notebooks, coloring supplies, back packs, pens and pencils lying around, feel free to go to call and donate.

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Volunteers of America is especially asking for donations of school supplies and back packs to be made. Please download the supply list and fill the back pack. Donations must be dropped off by August 6 at one of their locations. For more information, email

Help the Cincinnati Ohio Police Federal Credit Union (COPFCU)  support local children in need during their 2017 School Supplies Drive through August 11. They are collecting school supplies and cash donations to make sure kids start off the school year with everything they need. School supplies can be dropped off at any of the COPFCU locations linked above. For each donation valued at $5 or more (school supplies or cash), that person will receive one entry for the Tundra 45 cooler.

If there are other Back to School Giveaways in Cincinnati that we have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


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