Annual Back to School Giveaways Sponsored by Excellus LogoChemung County Back to School Kick-off
Location: Saints Peter & Paul Gym
 – 556 St. Joseph’s Blvd, Elmira, NY
(next to the Elmira Community Kitchen)
Contact: 
607.734.9784
Thursday, August 31 from 3p-6p
3p-5p: Free basic kid’s haircuts offered by volunteer hair stylists 
(pre-registration required)
3p-6p: Local vendors & community agencies on hand with information/resources (pre-registration not required)
4p-6p: Backpacks and School Supply Starter Kits available (pre-registration required)
5p-6p: Free Dinner available at the Elmira Community Kitchen (pre-registration not required)

To Qualify & Pre-Register:

  • Children must be Chemung County Residents.
  • Bring names and grades for all children receiving supplies.
  • Bring proof of address (Please bring one of the following: Driver’s License, Utility Bill, Post-Marked Envelope/Mail).
  • Come to The Samaritan Center to sign up: sign up dates will be announced soon.
  • Please register each child who is in need of a backpack. Indicate if they would like a haircut or not. Haircuts are limited to the first 50 kids.

All items given out are based on donations received so there is no guarantee as to what items will be available.


Schuyler County Back to School Kick-off
Location: Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry
(St. Mary’s Gym) – 112 Tenth St, Watkins Glen, NY
Contact: 607.734.9784
Wednesday, August 23 from 3p-6p
3p-5p: Free basic kid’s haircuts offered by volunteer hair stylists 
(pre-registration required)
3p-6p: Local vendors & community agencies on hand with information/resources (pre-registration not required)
4p-6p: Backpacks and School Supply Starter Kits available (pre-registration required)

To Qualify & Pre-Register:

  • Children must be Schuyler County Residents.
  • Bring names and grades for all children receiving supplies.
  • Bring proof of address (Please bring one of the following: Driver’s License, Utility Bill, Post-Marked Envelope/Mail).
  • Come to the Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry to sign up starting July 6 or follow this link to sign up.
  • Please register each child who is in need of a backpack. Indicate if they would like a haircut or not. Haircuts are limited to the first 50 kids. Please pre-register by noon on August 22.
  • Schuyler Outreach Hours – Tuesday & Thursdays: 9am-2pm, Fridays: Noon-4pm

All items given out are based on donations received so there is no guarantee as to what items will be available.