Providing Supplies for Those In Need
Our Back 2 School initiative is the largest school supply distribution program in the entire state. In 2017, we provided over 1 MILLION school supplies to 34,204 underprivileged children through government agencies and community organizations/schools. The bulk of our supplies are distributed in the form of Back 2 School kits, each containing approximately 30 school supplies that are age-appropriate for the recipient.
While we distribute most of the school supplies in late summer, we distribute our kits at other times as well. The program is truly a year-round effort requiring thousands of man-hours and volunteers, as well as the gracious support of many sponsors and many more individuals.
Each August we host our “BIG” Distribution Activity Day Event which serves as both massive kit distribution as well as playing host for hundreds of children who participate in a series of activities designed to excite, educate and inspire them to go back to school.
Many of our Back 2 School kits are assembled and/or distributed through our Buy-A-Kit, Build-A-Kit and "Win School Supplies for an Entire School" Contest.
Please note: Our Community Distribution Partners handle the distribution of our kits. B2SI does not provide kits to individuals.
Learn More About the Three Other Aspects of our Free School Supplies Program:
Special Thank You to our launch sponsors for their support of our 2018 Back 2 School Program
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a 2019 program sponsor of Back 2 School Illinois, click here.
Our 2017 Annual Report, which recaps all of our accomplishments, photographs, financials, programs, and more can be found below:
(2018 Annual Report coming soon.)