Back-to-School support: Where to find free supplies

BATON ROUGE — With the summer break winding down, many families are dealing with higher price tags and smaller budgets when it comes to school supplies.

Families are projected to spend $890 on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Federation.

UWK is taking a look at some of the school supply drives and free health drives underway across the capital area.

Back-2-School Giveaway | Baton Rouge | Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Councilman Cleve Dunn, Jr. is hosting a Back-2-School giveaway Saturday, July 29 from 9-11 a.m. at the Amazon Fulfillment Center at 9001 Cortana Place in Baton Rouge.

The Back-2-School Express | Friday & Saturday

CareSouth Medical and Dental is hosting a drive-thru back-to-school event Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the medical center is giving away one backpack per child at their Plaquemine and Donaldsonville locations from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. They’re also doing the same thing Saturday at their Florida St. location from 10 a.m. – 1p.m.

Back-2-School Healthcare Extravaganza | Saturday | 12-2:30 p.m.

Representative C. Denise Marcelle is partnering with Diana Payton of the YWCA to give out free backpacks and school supplies Saturday at BREC’s Gus Young Park in Baton Rouge from 12-2:30 p.m. They’re also providing various health screenings and student IDs.

Ascension 4 Youth Fest

The City of Gonzales, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Parish President is hosting a Back-2-School Bash at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

There will be free food, music, snowballs, games as well as backpack and school supply giveaways. There will also be physicians on hand to provide physicals, immunizations and family resources.

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