June 6th - August 24th, 2022

Each year, thousands of New Jersey children attend their first day of school without basic educational tools such as backpacks, notebooks, and calculators. These under-resourced children struggle to succeed academically. Jersey Cares works with dozens of schools, children's shelters, and community centers with the goal that no children in New Jersey will have to experience a first day of school without these basic necessities. With your help we can bridge the gap between disadvantage and academic success.


Register to Collect

As a collection site you will have the opportunity to provide youth between ages of 7-16 with the chance of academic success. You and your team may sign up to collect school supplies from our list of accepted item below. You may also register as a Public Collection Site if you'd like to accept donations from your local community!

Items NOT ACCEPTED for the School Supply Drive include:

  • Used pencils
  • Notebooks with pages torn out
  • Folders with torn pockets
  • Miscellaneous office supplies
  • Used items of any kind
  • Items not included on our accepted donation list

Items ACCEPTED for the School Supply Drive include:

  • Backpacks (may be new OR gently used)
  • NEW 1, 3, and 5 Subject Notebooks
  • NEW Composition Notebooks
  • NEW 2-Pocket Folders
  • NEW Pencil Cases
  • NEW #2 Pencils
  • NEW Pencil Sharpeners
  • NEW Erasers
  • NEW Pens
  • NEW Hi-lighters
  • NEW Crayons, Washable Markers, and Colored Pencils
  • NEW Book Covers
  • NEW Calculators
  • NEW Child Safety Scissors
  • NEW Glue
  • NEW Rulers (12")
  • NEW Laptops or Tablets
  • NEW Headphones
  • Visa or Amazon Gift Cards

Please register as a School Supply Drive Collection Site when registration opens in June 2022.

Delivery Address and Instructions:

Supplies may be dropped off starting in June 2022. Please call our office at (973) 533-1993 and press option 2 upon arrival to be directed to our loading dock for delivery assistance.

Jersey Cares
Attn: School Supply Drive
290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Suite 1320
Livingston, NJ 07039
If you would like to mail us your donations, please send them to the address listed above.
Can't make it to our office? Check out our list of Public Collection Sites to find a location close to you.

Donate Virtually

Want to contribute to the School Supply Drive, but don't have time to go to the store?

Visit our YouGiveGoods page to have items sent directly to us!

Host an Online Drive

You can also run your School Supply Drive online for free!

To set up your online drive page with our partners at YouGiveGoods, please click HERE to begin customizing your donation page. 

Please note: all YouGiveGoods pages will close on August 1st to allow for items to arrive by August 24th.

Swag and Support

Head over to our online store to make a donation of one fully packed backpack to a child in New Jersey and receive a School Supply Drive t-shirt as a thank you!

To make a donation and check out other Jersey Cares accessories, please click HERE.

Register to Receive

Registration for the 2022 School Supply Drive will open in June 2022.

As an agency recipient you may request to receive School Supply supplies. Please be advised that donations cannot be guaranteed and distribution operates on a first-come, first-served basis. We rely heavily on the participation of collection sites, therefore we cannot guarantee the number of backpacks requested will be filled.

**Please be advised that only registered 501c3 organizations, government agencies, or public schools from New Jersey will be considered for donations**

Please submit your organization's request for school supplies when registration opens in June 2022.

Pick-Up Address and Instructions:

Please call our office at (973) 533-1993 and press option 2 upon arrival for your scheduled pick-up and to be directed to our loading dock for delivery assistance.

Jersey Cares
290 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039

Thank You to our 2022 Sponsors

Questions? Please call us at 973-533-1993 or email us at schoolsupply@jerseycares.org.