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A new school year brings hopeful expectations and a fresh start. But hundreds of families’ budgets are stretched so thin they can’t afford school supplies. With your help, we can give kids the tools they need to succeed. We need new/unused items to provide joy and ownership of supplies that last all year.

SHOP in-store

Download and print this flyer to bring them with you when shopping or hang it in your workspace. Thanks for sharing with neighbors, family and friends — the Interfaith Outreach Back to School supply drive is something everyone can do!

We’re most in need of the following donations:

  • 1-1.5″ Binders
  • Dividers
  • Earbuds and Headphones
  • Tissue
  • Wipes

Drop off school supply donations at Interfaith Outreach Monday-Saturday, Aug. 1-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

SHOP online

Shop for school supplies with Interfaith Outreach’s Back to School Target gift registry! During the checkout process, simply click “Shipping to the address on Interfaith Outreach Back to School’s Registry” to have items sent directly to our offices.

Note: Please forward your Target order confirmation email receipt to Najmo at to ensure your generous donation is properly received at our office. Thank you!

donate dollars

Don’t have time to shop? That’s okay, too. Donate to our Back to School drive and we can purchase our most-needed items (choose Back to School in the drop-down menu). Thank you for setting our kids up for success!


Volunteers are needed Aug. 1-Sept. 7 to make this program possible. Sign up today to sort incoming school supply donations, pack grade-specific bags of supplies and assist with our school supply distribution day. High school and adult volunteers welcome.


Most Needed

Also Needed

Spiral notebooks (wide/college)
Composition notebooks (wide/college)
3-Ring Binders (1 or 1 ½-inch only)
Binder Dividers
Crayola Watercolor Paints (set of 8)
Dry Erase Markers
Loose-leaf Paper (wide/college rule)
Graph Paper (1/4 inch)
Colored Pencils (12 count only)
Glue Sticks (no glue bottles)
Headphones (elementary age)
Pencils (No. 2 and mechanical)
Highlighters (yellow)
Scissors – Pointed Tip
Crayola Markers, Wide Tip Classic Colors
Red Pens
Black Felt Tip Pens
Pencil Pouches & Boxes
Pencil Sharpeners with Receptacle
Index Cards (3×5 inch, lined)
Post-it Notes (3×3 inch)
Tissue Box
Clorox Wipes


Look what this amazing community made possible last year!

  • Nearly 800 students were provided with school supplies
  • 120 volunteers contributed 640 hours of time to make it happen

This Back to School supply drive is aligned with Great Expectations (GE), a collaborative school and community initiative designed to close the educational opportunity and achievement gaps of an estimated 500 preschool and 1,600 K-12 children in our community from cradle to career. GE focuses on kids whose families struggle with low incomes and/or kids of color who are not meeting key education benchmarks. Its anchor partners are Interfaith Outreach and the Wayzata and Orono School Districts.