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Every year, countless San Diego youth come to class without essential school supplies because their families cannot afford them. After the expense for food, rent, clothing, and other essentials, struggling households can be left with nothing in their budgets for basic school supplies.

You can make a difference! Our goal is to help more than 3,000 children and teens get the supplies they need to start the school year off right, and you can help. All backpacks and supplies go to local youth registered by SAY San Diego staff.


OPTION ONE—Adopt a Backpack

We will provide you with the empty backpacks and a supply list. Empty backpacks will be available for pick up, by appointment only, at SAY San Diego’s Main Office in Kearny Mesa. This gives your group the opportunity to host a drive and then gather as a team to fill backpacks with the school supplies. Drop-off and pick-up dates will be announced in the summer. Download the 2019 Supply List here.

OPTION TWO—Collect School Supplies

Use the 2019 Supply List to collect needed supplies in your own bins, labeled with the downloadable bin poster (below). This option allows more than 40 SAY San Diego and partner school sites to provide needed individual supplies to children and teens throughout the year.

Drop-off dates will be announced in the summer.

OPTION THREE—Sponsorship or Grant

We also gratefully receive donations through company giving programs, sponsorships, or grants. These donations help us to purchase school supplies at a discount and fill any gaps not covered by our community drives.


Download PDF info, flyers, and bin posters here:

Legal-Sized Bin Sheet (8.5″ x 14″)

Letter-Sized Bin Sheet (8.5″ x 11″)

2019 Supply List


Please contact us at gro.o1558578246geidn1558578246asyas1558578246@devl1558578246ovnit1558578246eg1558578246 with questions.