Here’s where you can get free back-to-school supplies around Sacramento – msnNOW

It’s August and that signifies that school is right around the corner.

Parents are usually excited at this time of year but there’s been a hike in the cost of school supplies.

According to a recent study by the Morning Consult, only 36% of the U.S. parents surveyed said they can afford to go back-to-school shopping for their children, which is down from 52% in the previous year.

More than 37% of parents, up from 32% last year, are showing signs of stress regarding the annual shopping spree which makes sure their students are well-prepared for the ensuing school year.

Sacramento parents are feeling some of the same stressors in regard to back-to-school shopping.

To alleviate some of the stress, community-based organizations, along with the city of Sacramento have prepared back-to-school drives dishing out backpacks, shoes, school supplies, and more.

City of Sacramento

On Saturday, the city of Sacramento will host back-to-school drives and health fairs offering free entertainment, food, and COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. Those who receive a vaccine or booster will be eligible for a gift card.

The back-to-school fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three different locations: Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center, 450 W. El Camino Ave.; Oak Park Community Center, 3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; and Maple Neighborhood Center, 3301 37th Ave.

Young N’ Building Tour

The Young N’ Building (YNB) Tour is going to different high schools in the Sacramento area to give out free clothes, haircuts, backpacks, school supplies, reusable water bottles, grocery gift cards and food.

Jayshawn Yancey, owner of YNB, prepares to give back to the youth in his community as he plans a tour to visit 11 high schools and a middle school over the next month passing out resources to students ahead of the ensuing academic year.

Yancey will be at the following schools between Aug. 9 and Sept. 2: Folsom, Monterey Trails, Valley, Sheldon, Inderkum, Foothill, Grant, Granite Bay, Vista Del Lago, Burbank, Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. Tech Academy.

YNB partnered with Roberts Family Development Center, Always Be About Something (ABAS) Clothing, RareX, ONBSForeva, Hush Crew, King Blends, Fresh Line Cuts and Voice of the Youth.

Back to School Event

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is hosting a backpack drive, handing out free backpacks and school supplies to elementary and middle school students on Aug. 12.

The drive is targeted for residents in the Oak Park neighborhood and will be held at Rancho San Miguel Market, 4401 Broadway, from noon to 4 p.m.

Students must be present to receive supplies. Registrations can be made on Eventbrite until Aug. 10.

There will be free COVID-19 vaccinations and dental screenings offered. Individuals who get vaccinated will receive a free meal ticket for an on-site food truck. To register for the vaccine, visit My Turn CA.

2nd Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’

The second annual “Stuff the Bus” back-to-school event presented by radio station KSFM 102.5 FM is happening on Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They will be at Walmart in North Highlands, 7901 Watt Ave., handing out backpacks, pencils, notepads and more.

They are accepting donations for students as well. For more information, visit

Sacramento Promise Zone

The Sacramento Promise Zone is hosting a couple of different events where they will be giving out free backpacks and school supplies.

The first event is Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at Sacramento Children’s Home, 2750 Sutterville Road, on the front lawn. There will be backpacks, calculators, binders, paper, and more.

All youth and caregivers in Sacramento County are encouraged to attend. Supplies are limited and first come, first served. Food and drinks will also be available.

For more information, call or text 916-SUPPORT, or send an email to

The Sacramento Promise Zone’s other event, presented by St. Hope, is a ‘Back to School Barbecue’ on Aug. 19 where there will be free barbecue food, games and prizes.

Backpacks and school supplies will be handed out at the event as well.

The ‘Back to School Barbecue’ will be held at McClatchy Park, 3500 Fifth Ave., in Oak Park.

Voice of the Youth Annual Back to School Supply Drive

Voice of the Youth frequently hosts drives that keep kids in the freshest shoes and outfits. Every year they also host a back-to-school supply drive to support kids and parents who cannot afford to go shopping.

Founder Berry Accius plans to give away 500 backpacks and an endless supply of materials for school on Aug. 27. Registration is not needed, however supplies are on a first come, first served basis.

Donations are being accepted by Cashapp via the tag $berryaccius or through Paypal at

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