June 1 - August 21, 2020
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

Registration for this year's School Supply Drive will open on June 1, 2020.

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 check our list of items accepted below. You may also register as a Public Collection Site if you'd like to accept donations from your local community!

**Please only donate items that are on our list. Do not donate used or gently used items. **

Items accepted for the School Supply Drive Include:

  • Backpacks
  • 1, 3, and 5 Subject Notebooks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pencil Cases
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Pens
  • Hi-lighters
  • Crayons, Washable Markers, and Colored Pencils
  • Binders
  • Binder Paper
  • Book Covers
  • Calculators
  • Child Safety Scissors
  • Dividers
  • Glue
  • Rulers (12")
  • Visa or Amazon Gift Cards

Delivery Address and Instructions:

Supplies may be dropped off June 1st through August 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. Please call Meagan at (973) 533-1993 before arriving 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 via Amazon

Our Amazon Wish List will reopen June 2020.

Want to contribute to the School Supply Drive, but don't have time to go to the store? Visit our Amazon Wishlist to have items sent directly to us!

Host an Online Drive

Our YouGiveGoods Drive will reopen June 2020.

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.

Register to Receive
Applications for this year's School Supply Drive will open on May 29, 2020.
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 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.

Pick-Up Address and Instructions:

Please call Meagan at (973) 533-1993 before arriving 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

 Contact Meagan Mulligan with any questions.