School is just around the corner for most Minnesota youth. Gearing up youth for the academic year can be a significant cost: some sources note an average of over $600 for elementary school children. Every year, 2-1-1 puts together a referral list of agencies that provide school supplies in the metro area. That list is linked below and is arranged by county.
Many events are family friendly and offer additional activities for children of all ages. Please note that eligibility and registration requirements vary for each location; if a location is marked CLOSED the distribution date has passed. You may also contact 2-1-1 to have a specialist find an eligible location. Metro School Supplies 2019
United Way Action Day is a volunteer event Thursday, August 8 from 12 noon – 7 pm at the Xcel Energy Center. The goal is to fill 40,000 backpacks with school supplies for children in need in the metro area. Here is a link to more information, and further options to volunteer or donate.