Donate School Supplies

150,000 Reasons to Help Erase the Need—Donate School Supplies Today

More than 150,000 students in Hillsborough County Public Schools qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Many students don’t have some of the most basic supplies—paper, pencils or a backpack—they need to be organized and ready to learn.

Your donations can positively impact a student’s life, an entire classroom and the future of our community.

This year, Back to School for students may look a little different because of COVID-19 restrictions. Whether learning in the classroom or from home, thousands of our highest needs students are at risk of starting the new school year without the critical supplies they need for academic success. During unprecedented times like these, support for our students is needed more than ever—there are a variety of ways you can help.

Mother and children showing school supplies collected for the Hillsborough Education Foundation

Host a Drive

When you host a school supply drive at your business or civic organization, it’s a great way to make a difference by giving our most vulnerable students the educational tools needed succeed in school. Plus, you will be helping us restock supplies in our Teaching Tools Resource Center that we used during the pandemic to support 20,000+ students in need.

Check out this list of the 20 most-needed items.

To help you get started with your drive, here is a flyer you can use to promote your event.


You can also strengthen public education in Hillsborough County by making an individual or group contribution today. Your generous gift will support our mission and programs, which include providing essential school supplies to students in need.

Here are some examples of how your donation can make a difference:

  • $10 can supply 200 pencils to help support students’ learning.
  • $35 can provide a student with a backpacked filled with essential school supplies.
  • $100 can support a teacher with crucial classroom tools and resources.
  • $250 can provide art supplies for an entire classroom.
Donate school supplies, young girl in classroom, writing on desk, Hillsborough Education Foundation
Teachers at Gibsonton Elementary School receive supplies from Hillsborough Education Foundation


You can easily donate school supplies online by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list. The much-needed supplies will be delivered directly to Hillsborough Education Foundation.

You can also donate to Hillsborough Education Foundation by shopping on Amazon Smile. If you designate “Hillsborough Education Foundation” as your charity of choice, a portion of any purchase you make at any time will help us carry out our mission to strengthen public education in Hillsborough County.

Donate Your Business Surplus

Do you have supplies or products at your office that aren’t being used but are taking up space? You can donate it to Hillsborough Education Foundation. Everyone benefits when you take time to donate your unwanted items—teachers and students could use it in their classrooms, you could use it as a tax deduction and promote your business as being green because you’re doing your part to keep it out of the landfill.

Please check out this list of items that are most useful for students and teachers, and easily stored and distributed by Hillsborough Education Foundation.

Donations from a local business for HEF

For questions, to sign up to host a drive or arrange a pick-up/drop-off of supplies, please contact:

Laura Grucza
Resource Development Manager
Phone: 813-574-0274
Email: [email protected]