Back-to-School Supply Drive

Help children begin the school year ready for success!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is tim-gouw-KigTvXqetXA-unsplash-1-1024x685.jpgSouthwest Human Development is partnering with The Arizona Republic and Famous Dave’s Phoenix-area locations to host the fifth annual Back-to-School Supply Drive, giving the community an opportunity to help children in need begin the school year with all of the tools they need for academic success.


The National Retail Federation reports that families with children in elementary through high school planned to spend an average of more than $680 per child. 


For families in low-income neighborhoods, the costs are simply not realistic. Donating new school supplies to children in disadvantaged communities will make an impact on their ability to begin the school year school-ready.




This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is fd3.jpgAs a special incentive during this school supply drive, anyone who not only donates supplies but also a new, book-size backpack at one of the Valley Famous Dave’s locations will receive a voucher for a free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich. Limit one voucher per person, please.


Back-to-school items can be dropped off at Southwest Human Development, 2850 N. 24th Street, Phoenix; or at any of the four Valley Famous Dave’s Restaurants: Chandler at 3250 W. Frye Rd.; Peoria at 16148 N. 83rd Ave., San Tan Village in Gilbert at 2206 E. Williams Field Rd. and Mesa Riverview at 1011 Dobson Rd.


New school supplies needed include:


  • Backpacks
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pencil boxes
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Box of pencils
  • Box of pens
  • Box of colored pencils
  • Filler paper
  • Box of crayons
  • 1” binders
  • Pocket folders
  • Rulers
  • Dictionaries
  • Lunch bags
Our Back-to-School Supply Drive wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our favorite local businesses that have teamed up for this month-long drive to help Arizona kids!


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Online back-to-school drive donations are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Is your business or organization interested in joining the back-to-school supply drive? Contact Annette Sutfin at (602) 633-8416 or

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