School Supplies

student happy to be in school

Prepared and Ready to Learn

ADFAC believes all children should have the opportunity to return to school prepared and ready to learn, regardless of economic status.

The School Supplies Program provides new backpacks and supplies to over 4,000 preK-12 students each year. With the tools necessary for learning, students can begin their year with confidence and excitement – without the shame of showing up empty-handed.

Eligible students are selected by school staff based on free/reduced lunch guidelines and other indicators of need.

boy is ready to go to school


ADFAC partners with 45 local schools to ensure students in need receive new backpacks and supplies at the start of the school year.

All schools in the Anderson County, Clinton City, and Oak Ridge City school systems currently participate, as well as numerous schools in Campbell, Morgan, and Roane counties.

The School Supplies Program is supported through donations from individuals, clubs, and churches, private foundations, in-kind supplies and volunteer labor, and the United Way.


volunteers sort and pack school supplies

How the Program Works

ADFAC staff work year-round to raise funds and purchase backpacks and supplies. In June through early August of each year, volunteers sort and pack supplies in ADFAC’s School Supplies Room. The sorted and packed supplies are delivered to each partner school for distribution.

If your child or children are in need of school supplies, please contact their school(s) directly for more information.