Last Minute Help with School Supplies

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As you send your kid off to school this year, they’ll likely have a backpack filled with school supplies like folders, glue sticks, and notebooks -- but some kids won’t. The Des Moines Public Schools is working to make sure no kid goes without.

“Backpacks, two pocket folders, pens, markers, crayons, glue sticks, Kleenex and the average things,” said Jennifer Stadler, SUCCESS Elementary & Secondary Supervisor.

Any parent knows how fast the cost of those items adds up. In Des Moines a family will spend, on average, about $50 per kid on just school supplies each August and for some families that is a steep price.

“So being able to provide supplies is a big problem or barrier for our families,” says Stadler.

Throughout the summer, the district works with big partners like Wells Fargo, Principal, and John Deere to gather school supplies to help those families.

Almost all those items, though, have been handed out by the time school starts. But there are still a lot of families who don’t have any supplies.

“Yes, some of them are. School sneaks up on people and I think families really have the best intentions of buying the supplies and then other things happen and they have to wait until last minute when school starts to get those supplies,” said Stadler.

Where can families go now for help? Channel 13 has tracked down some resources to help you find last minute free school supplies for your kids.

There are resources available all throughout the metro.

Let’s start with West Des Moines Human Services. They help families with school supplies but you must be a West Des Moines resident and must qualify via an income verification.