Please be sure you’re registering for the correct county – there is one link for Chemung County Residents & one link for Schuyler County Residents. Thank you!

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Chemung County Back to School Kick-off Event
Thursday, August 29 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: The Elmira Community Kitchen – 160 High St, Elmira, NY
Contact: 607.734.9784

FREE backpacks and school supply starter kits for Head Start-12th Graders – PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Free Haircuts for the 1st 50 kids –
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Local vendors & community agencies on hand with information/resources (pre-registration not required)
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Free Dinner available at the Elmira Community Kitchen (pre-registration not required)

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 15 at NOON.

Additional pick-ups for pre-registered children will be at The Samaritan Center on Friday (8:30am – 1pm) & Tuesday or Thursday (10a-11:45a & 1p-3:30p), for those that can’t make the Kick-off Event. No backpacks will be distributed prior to the Event. Backpacks not picked up by 9/6 at 1pm will be given to other children.

For other resources, please call 211.


Schuyler County Back to School Kick-off Event
Wednesday, August 21 – 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Schuyler Outreach – 112 10th St, Watkins Glen, NY
Contact: 607-535-2815 or email Zach

FREE backpacks and school supply starter kits for Head Start-12th Graders PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Free Haircuts for the 1st 50 kids –
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Local vendors & community agencies on hand with information/resources (pre-registration not required)
Free Dinner available from The Salvation Army Canteen (pre-registration not required)

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 15 at NOON.Please complete our online registration form for your family in order to be guaranteed a backpack for each child.
Backpacks may be picked up at the Event: August 21, 3:30pm-5:30pm at Schuyler Outreach.

Additional pick-ups for pre-registered children will be at Schuyler Outreach on Tuesday & Friday (9a-2p) & Thursdays (12-4pm), during regular pantry hours, for those that can’t make the Kick-off Event. Backpacks not picked up by 8/29 at 4pm will be given to other children.

Community Partners – sign up to table here!