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Overview

There are over 22,000 children in Anne Arundel County who qualify for Federal Lunch assistance, an indication that the children’s families are low income. In 1989 the Department of Social Services began this program and partnered shortly thereafter with the local Board of Education to help children who attend the County’s public elementary schools.
 
Here’s how the program works:
  • Eligible students are referred to the program by school guidance counselors and DSS social workers.
  • Donors (individuals, churches, organizations and businesses) are matched with children in need of school supplies and are provided a list of the required supplies. The donors purchase supplies and backpacks and deliver the items to the Office of School Counselor at the elementary schools the 2nd week in August.
  • On average, school supplies cost between $50 and $65, depending upon the child’s grade in school. 

How to

Simply fill out the donor form and we'll contact you with the name of a child you can help.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Office at 410-269-4462. We've also included a form you can download to fill out if you prefer.

   
Cash donations should be made payable to:

"Back-to-School Fund"
Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services
80 West Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 269-4462

Backpack Drive Video

 

Contact

For more information, contact the Back to School Program office at (410) 269-4462 or [email protected]