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Help MoCo Students Get Back to School

August 15, 2016

In Montgomery County, almost 55,000 students receive free & reduced-priced meals.  As the beginning of the school year rapidly approaches, many of these families also struggle to afford food as well as the most basic of school supplies.  Having access to items like school snacks, backpacks, pencils, pens and paper can make a great impact on a student's ability to achieve.

To help these students get ready for the school year, there are several local organizations taking the lead and providing much needed school supplies to these families.  While getting ready for the new school year, consider donating money, supplies, or time to any organizations.  Items in the most need includesturdy new backpacks, loose leaf paper, pencils, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, binders, pencil pouches, pens, glue sticks, and non-perishable healthy snacks. Your donation can help an area child be equipped for success this school year.


MCPS Give Back Packs provides students in need with a backpack filled with school supplies for 2016-2017. 

Donations Needed: Monetary

2016-2017 Giving Levels

  • $25,000 supports a school cluster
  • $6,500 supports a school
  • $1,500 supports a grade
  • $300 supports a class
  • $10 supports a student

For more information about the campaign, please visit the Office of Community Engagement website or call 301-279-3100. 

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH)
The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) helps 300 children go back to school with everything they need for a successful school year.

Donation Needed: New backpacks and school supplies, particularly calculators -- any type -- and sturdy 2" and 3"binders 
When: Through August 12 from 9am-5PM
Where: 600-B East Gude Drive  Rockville, MD 20850

If shipping items directly to the office, contact Naira Hirz at to let her know which items to expect. Please contact Naira with any questions.


Faith Connections

Faith Connections manages the annual collection and distribution of school supplies to needy children in the Damascus-Clarksburg school clusters. This is possible by working coordination with school counselors, local churches, businesses and organizations to provide the necessary items to give these children a positive start to the school year.

Donation Needed:  Financial Contributions

When: Year round

Contact Jill Ochs at 240-994-8979 or jillbochs@gmail.comfor questions about this program.


Interfaith Works

The Interfaith Works Annual School Supplies Drive provides new backpacks and school supplies to more than 2,500 students who want to start the 2016-17 school year ready to learn.

Donations Needed:  Financial contributions, pencil boxes, pencil pouches, new 2 inch binders, blue/black pens

Contact Erin Kauffman at 301-424-3796 or ekauffman@iworksmc.orgto see how else you can help.


Manna Food Center Smart Snacks

While children have access to food through the reduced-meal program during the school week, on weekends, many are left without food until school lunch on Monday. Manna Food Center started the Smart Sacks program to help combat children's weekend hunger in Montgomery County.  Every week of the MCPS school year, volunteers pack donated food in backpacks and deliver the backpacks to county elementary schools.  Children take the backpacks home on Friday.

Donations Needed:  Financial contributions, healthy non-perishable food, volunteers to pack sacks
When:  Year round

To learn more about how you can become a Smart Sacks sponsor or partner organization, please contact

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