June 7th - August 25th, 2021


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
  • Binders with writing on them
  • 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 Binders (up to 2")
  • NEW Binder Paper
  • NEW Book Covers
  • NEW Calculators
  • NEW Child Safety Scissors
  • NEW Dividers
  • NEW Glue
  • NEW Rulers (12")
  • NEW Laptops or Tablets
  • NEW Headphones
  • Visa or Amazon Gift Cards

Please click HERE to register as a School Supply Drive Collection Site.

Delivery Address and Instructions:

Supplies may be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. until Wednesday, August 25th. This is subject to change due to CDC restrictions and our office safety measures. 
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.

Donate Virtually

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

Visit our Amazon Wish List to have items sent directly to us!

Please note: our Amazon Wish List will close on Friday, August 20th at 12:00 p.m. to allow for items to arrive by August 25th.

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 2nd to allow for items to arrive by August 25th.

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 2021 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

Thank you for your interest in our 2021 School Supply Drive!

Registration is now closed as we have reached our capacity for requests.

As an agency recipient you may receive need School Supply supplies. If your organization serves a specific age population and would like to receive the appropriate age range, please specify this on your registration form. 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**

Once the deadline approaches, agencies will be called or e-mailed if orders become available for pick-up. Pick-ups operate by appointment only. We appreciate your patience during the donation sorting process.

Please click HERE to submit your organization's request for school supplies.

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

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