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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. Just one more way to build Great Expectations in our community and support kids’ success from cradle to career.


Visit Interfaith Outreach’s Back to School Amazon wish list to save time! Even better, you can have your supply donations shipped directly to our offices: Interfaith Outreach / Attn: Lynn Vettel, Back to School / 1605 County Road 101 N / Plymouth, MN 55447. After you purchase items online, please forward your Amazon email receipt to Lynn ( so we can make sure your donation gets recorded.

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, drop off school supply donations at Interfaith Outreach Monday-Saturday, Aug. 1-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Or make a financial donation. Thank you for setting kids up for success!

Most Needed

Also Needed

Backpacks (large, solid colors)
Wide/College Rule Spirals
Pocket Folders
Graphing Calculators (TI-83, TI-84)
Composition Notebooks
3-Ring Binders (1 ½-inch)
Dry Erase Markers
Wide/College Loose-leaf Paper
Graph Paper (1/4 inch)
Colored Pencils
Glue Sticks (no glue bottles)
Earbud Headphones
Pencils and Pens
Notebook Dividers
Crayola Watercolor Paints
Black Sharpie Markers
Scissors – Pointed Tip
Crayola Markers, Wide Tip Classic Colors
Red Pens/Black Felt Tip Pens
Erasers (large pink or white)
Pencil Pouches
Highlighters — Yellow
Book Covers
Pencil Sharpeners with Covers
Index Cards (3×5 inch)
Post-it Notes (3×3 inch)
Large Facial Tissues
Clorox Wipes
Hand Sanitizer


Volunteers are needed Aug. 1-Sept. 6 to sort incoming school supply donationspack grade-specific bags of supplies and assist with our school supply distribution day. High school and adult volunteers welcome.

Thank you — every little bit makes a difference! Last year…

  • 767 students (338 families) were provided with school supplies
  • New last year! 50 backpacks were provided to preschoolers
  • 98 volunteers contributed 447 hours of time to make it happen