2023 Back to School Backpack Giveaways, FREE Supplies, and Events


Back To School Prep in Lansing

Although many of us aren’t ready to think about it yet, back-to-school time is just around the corner. Preparing for this monumental occasion can be daunting – both emotionally and financially.

Luckily the Greater Lansing area has several great options for FREE backpacks and supplies, plus fun events to put us back in the school mood.

Read on to find out where you can go in the Lansing area to receive school supplies or donate them, plus where to find events to get kids and parents prepared for a new school year.

Back To School Giveaway Events in Lansing

Project Connect

Open to Clinton County residents. Pre-registration required. Backpacks, school supplies, socks, and underwear available for school-age children. See details below.

Deadline to register:
July 23, 2023
Back To School Blast
First United Methodist Church
275 W Michigan Ave, Jackson 49201

Blast activities will be held at Horace Blackman Park, First United Methodist Church, and on Michigan Ave in downtown Jackson. Each student in attendance will receive a backpack filled with school supplies. Lunch will be also be provided and additional supplies will be available at Community Agency tables along with information about their services. Games and activities for kids of all ages too.

Thursday, July 27, 2023 I 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Jackson Back to School Blast
Wireless Zone’s School Rocks Backpack Giveaway
Various Locations

Free backpack filled with school supplies. One per student while supplies last.

Sunday, July 30, 2023
Wireless Zone Backpack Giveaway
School and Art Supply Backpack Drive
Moores Park, 400 Moores River Dr, Lansing 48910

While supplies last, receive a backpack full of school supplies! Free food and live music. Fun for everyone.

August 1, 2023 I 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Art Interactive’s School and Art Supply Backpack Drive
Backpack Blast
Wildlife Ministries
10624 S State Rd, Morrice 48857

Free backpacks, school supplies, hot dogs, & crafts! Bring your family and spread the word. Whiles supplies last.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 I 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Back To School BBQ
One North Kitchen and Bar Jackson
2115 Bondsteel Dr, Jackson 49202

Various events include:
– All you can eat pancake breakfast hosted by the Jackson Rotary Club – $10/person
– Cornhole Tournament hosted by Island City Cornhole
– Live Music
– Dunk Tank featuring Jackson-area school principals and administrators
– Kids Games
– One North Chili Contest

Saturday, August 5, 2023 I 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Back To School Bash 2023
Sycamore Creek – Potterville
425 E Main St, Potterville 48876

Kick off the 2023-2024 school year with a fun gathering to get ready for school with free Kona Ice, free backpacks, and free school supplies. While supplies last.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 I 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Eaton Clothing & Furniture Center’s Back To School
135 S Washington St, Charlotte, 48813

Pre-registration required/see QR code below. See details below.

August 9, 10, 11, 2023
Rae of Sunshine 3rd Annual Back to School Block Party
St. Stephens Community Church
1007 Kimberly Dr, Lansing, 48912

Food, games, prizes, vendors, mini-health fair, and more! Free and open to all. School supplies available while supplies last.

Saturday, August 12, 2023 I 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Back To School BBQ & Backpack Giveaway
Tabernacle of David
2645 W Holmes Rd, Lansing 48911

All ages welcome. Activities planned include:
– Backpack Giveaway (1000 backpacks to disperse)
– 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
– Vaccination and Cholesterol Checks
– Dunk Tank, Video Truck, and Inflatables
– Free Haircuts
– Fun, Fun, and Fellowship and more!

Saturday, August 12, 2023 I 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tabernacle of David Back to School Barbecue and 1000 Backpack Giveaway
Back to School Picnic
Bath United Methodist Church
13777 Main St, Bath 48808

All are welcome. Free school supplies, lunch, music, face painting, games and more.

Sunday, August 13, 2023 I 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bath United Methodist Church Back to School Picnic
Back to School Bash
Charlotte Assembly of God
1100 E Clinton Trl, Charlotte 48813

This is a FREE event for our community. Free backpacks full of supplies (while they last). There will also be inflatables for kids.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Backpack Giveaway Event
McCurdy Park – Jaycee Pavilion, 560 W Corunna Ave, Corunna 48847

NotaryMarketingCo is teaming up with the community to make a difference. We are thrilled to announce our commitment to giving away 100 backpacks filled with essential goodies whiles supplies last.

Thursday, August 17, 2023 I 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Back To School Giveaway
Brotherhood Against Drugs
St. Joseph Park
2125 W Hillsdale, Lansing 48915

Activities include:
– Free Haircuts and Blood Pressure Checks
– Free Food
– Sports Physicals
– Free Backpacks (while supplies last)

Saturday, August 19, 2023 I 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Back To School Craft Events in Lansing

Kids Zone August Activity: Color Your Own Pencil Pouch
Various JC Penney Stores

The 2nd Saturday of each month, JC Penney invites children of all ages to their Kids Zone for a free craft, JCP swag, and parents will receive a coupon for 10% off purchases. Restrictions apply. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Check here to make sure your local JCP is participating.

Saturday, August 12, 2023 I 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
JC Penney Kids Zone
Sunday Makebreak: Animal Friends Pencil Topper
Various Michaels Stores

Stop in to make a cute clay pencil topper just in time for back to school. This is an in-person event. This event is free and all supplies are included. Register online.

Sunday, August 13, 2023 I 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Other Back To School Events

2nd Annual Positive Somebody Family Mental Health Fun Day
Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S Pennsylvania, Lansing 48912

Multiple stations with fun mental health activities and resources for coping with big feelings and how to process them, crafts, games and more. Free parking on the day of the event by mentioning “Positive Somebody” to the parking attendant. Booths and tables will be set up just outside the zoo’s entrance.

Sunday, August 6, 2023 I 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Positive Somebody’s 2nd Annual Family Mental Health Fun Day

Have A Back-To-School Tip We Missed?

Join the conversation and let us know your go-to tips for back-to-school preparations. Comment below – we’d love to hear your thoughts and ways to help more of us enjoy these last few weeks and days before we say goodbye to summer.

From all of our LFF staff, we hope you are having an amazing summer and that back-to-school prep is a bit easier this year!

3 thoughts on “2023 Back to School Backpack Giveaways, FREE Supplies, and Events”

  1. Monique Gallivan

    Bath Methodist Church in Bath, Michigan is having a back to school bash on Sunday, August 25th. They will be giving away school supplies.

  2. LMTS Outreach and Tabernacle of David Church will be having a community picnic and back pack giveaway on August 21 from noon to 3pm. Come enjoy the food and games and take home a backpack of school supplies.

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