School supply drives allow Santa Barbara students to be equipped before returning to class

Parents who are preparing to send their children back to school will have the opportunity to receive free clothing and school supplies from many organizations, in particular during the school supply drives that will take place this Saturday.

Some groups, such as People’s Pantry, Catholic Charities, and Unity Shoppe, provide food, clothing, and other supplies year-round, while others hold large drives in the weeks leading up to the start of the year. school.

A supply drive — organized by members of the community, the Santa Barbara High School Ethnic Studies Club, and the Ortega Park Youth Squad — is scheduled to take place at Ortega Park on Saturday, August 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. h. This will be the park’s third school supply drive year, and groups have raised over $3,600 to purchase more than 300 backpacks with school supply kits, including kits for high school and elementary students. .

For children and families in the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County (HACSB), the group will also be hosting its own free backpack and school supply drive on Saturday. This drive, however, is not open to the general public. To register, contact Leticia Zuniga at (805) 897-1059 or [email protected] or Hector Avila at (805) 897-1044 or [email protected].



The Independent also compiled a list of places that provide free clothing, as shown below:

Santa Barbara County Catholic Charities

609 E. Haley St., (805) 965-7045

Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that provides many services to people in need, including food, clothing, savings bonds, and financial and medical assistance.

Isla Vista Free Box

961 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista

Isla Vista Free Box is an open exchange item box where items such as clothes, shoes, and other necessities are left behind by residents who no longer need them and are free for anyone.

People’s Pantry

First Christian Church / The Way Collective, 1915 Chapala St.

Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.

People’s Pantry is a metal filing cabinet filled with shelf-stable items. In the top drawer are hygiene items and school supplies, in the middle drawer are shelf stable foods, and in the bottom drawer are clothes and shelter items.

Unit store

1401 Chapala St., (805) 965-4122

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday

Unity Shoppe is a local non-profit organization that provides perishable and non-perishable food, clothing, furniture, kitchen items and school supplies.


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