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A new school year brings hopeful expectations of new friends, great memories and a fresh start. But hundreds of families’ budgets are stretched so thin they can’t afford age-appropriate school supplies. With your help, we can give kids the tools they need to succeed.

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 1,500 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.

SHOP our target registry

Shop for school supplies with Interfaith Outreach’s Back to School Target gift registry! You can shop in person at Target or shop online and have your supply donations shipped directly to our offices: Interfaith Outreach / Attn: Back to School / 1605 County Road 101 N / Plymouth, MN 55447.

Note: Please forward your Target order confirmation email receipt to Dave at ddudinsky@iocp.org to ensure your generous donation is properly received at our office.

host a supply drive or make a financial gift

Download and print a flyer with most-needed supplies and drop-off info to take shopping, email to friends or hang up at your workplace!

If you shop in-store, you can drop off school supply donations at Interfaith Outreach Monday-Saturday, Aug. 1-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Or make a financial donation (at the bottom of the form, check “Direct my gift to” and select the “Back to School” drop-down option). Thank you for setting our kids up for success!

Needed SUPPLIES

Backpacks (new, large, solid color)
Spiral notebooks (wide/college rule)
Composition notebooks (wide/college rule)
Binder Dividers
3-Ring Binders (1 inch)
Loose-leaf Paper (wide/college rule)
Graph Paper (1/4 rule)
Pocket Folders
Colored Pencils (12 count)
Pencils (No. 2 and mechanical)
Highlighters
Crayola Markers
Red Pens
Pencil Sharpeners with Receptacle
Scissors (pointed tip)
Pencil Boxes
Index Cards (3×5 inch, lined)
Earbuds
Glue Sticks

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are needed Aug. 1 – Sept. 6 to make this program possible. If you haven’t already, create an account on our volunteer site and sign up for a Back to School volunteer opportunity. We need help sorting incoming school supply donations, packing grade-specific bags of supplies and assisting with our school supply distribution day. High school and adult volunteers welcome. Questions? Contact Najmo at nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505.

Last year, this amazing community rallied together so that:

  • Nearly 800 students were provided with school supplies
  • 100+ volunteers contributed time to make it happen