If you’re in need of free backpacks or school supplies for your kids this year, several Rockford and Beloit area businesses and organizations can help! We’ve put together a list of places offering backpack and school supply giveaways so your kids can start the school year off with everything they need.

Giveaways

Monday, July 15
5:30 – 6:30 pm
McDonald’s (1441 Kishwaukee St., Rockford, IL)

Bear Family McDonald’s will be giving one backpack with supplies inside per student while supplies last. The student must be present.

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Tuesday, July 16
5:30 – 6:30 pm
McDonald’s (3710 Auburn St., Rockford, IL)

Bear Family McDonald’s will be giving one backpack with supplies inside per student while supplies last. The student must be present.

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Wednesday, July 17
5:30 – 6:30 pm
McDonald’s (3858 Northridge Dr., Rockford, IL)

Bear Family McDonald’s will be giving one backpack with supplies inside per student while supplies last. The student must be present.

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Saturday, August 10 from 10 am – 2 pm
Blackhawk Park (101 15th Ave, Rockford, IL)

A Ministry of Recreation will be giving backpacks full of school supplies from preschool to college age kids. There will also be a hot dog lunch and drinks and entertainment including a bounce house. Adults must be present with children.

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Wednesday, August 14 from 11 am – 1 pm
Living Faith Tabernacle Annex (1124 4th Ave, Rockford, IL)

Rockford Illinois Police Officers Association PB&PA Unit 6 will help hundreds of local families gear up for the new school year! On Wednesday, August 14, kids enrolled in kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to pick up free backpacks. The first giveaway will be held at Living Faith Tabernacle Annex (1124 4th Avenue) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the second will go from 6 – 8 p.m. at Rockford Police District 1 (1045 West State Street).

In total, about 350 backpacks will be handed out. Each backpack is stuffed with supplies, including a notebook, folder, pencils, glue sticks and pencil box. Children must be present at the time to receive backpacks.


Wednesday, August 14 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Rockford Police District 1 (1045 West State St., Rockford, IL)

Rockford Illinois Police Officers Association PB&PA Unit 6 will help hundreds of local families gear up for the new school year! On Wednesday, August 14, kids enrolled in kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to pick up free backpacks. The first giveaway will be held at Living Faith Tabernacle Annex (1124 4th Avenue) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the second will go from 6 – 8 p.m. at Rockford Police District 1 (1045 West State Street).

In total, about 350 backpacks will be handed out. Each backpack is stuffed with supplies, including a notebook, folder, pencils, glue sticks and pencil box. Children must be present at the time to receive backpacks.


Sunday, August 18 from 12 pm – 3 pm
Carlito’s Tacos and More (7828 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park, IL)

Free backpacks and school supplies until they run out. Hair cuts, free cheese quesadillas and deals on food.


Saturday, August 24 at 12 – 2 pm
ICNA Rockford (1110 Arthur Ave., Rockford, IL)

Free backpacks and school supplies given away on a first come first serve basis.


Saturday, August 24 at 1 pm
Empowering Word Christian Center (4010 E. State St., Rockford, IL)

1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies given away – first come first serve, 1,000 Chick-fil-a Kids Meal gift cards given away, and free haircuts/styles give by Tricoci University.

On Friday at 6 pm, there will be 50 gift cards to Old Navy given away and activities for the kids.

On Sunday at 11 am, there will be 100 tablets given away. Kids must be present to win.


Sunday, August 25 from 1 pm – 4 pm
Blackhawk Housing Authority (330 15th Ave, Rockford, IL)

Ms. Smith and No Shades Present Summer Funday. There will be a backpack giveaway, free food, a water fight, raffle, games, face painting and more.


Sunday, August 25 at 3 pm
112 S. Henrietta Ave., Rockford, IL

Aid to Humanity is offering free backpacks, school supplies, gently used winter clothing, entertainment and more. Vouchers will be handed out at 3 pm, the event starts at 4 pm.


Friday, August 30 at 2 pm
1325 N. Johnston Ave., Rockford, IL

Fred VanVleet will be giving out backpacks and school supplies. There will be a waterslide and dunk tank.


Affordable Options

Saturday, August 10
11 am – 2 pm
Culver’s (2676 Cranston Rd., Beloit, WI)

Central Christian Church and Culver’s will be selling backpacks full of school supplies for $5 each. They plan to offer 100 backpacks. Parents will need to present proof that their child attends school in the greater Beloit area.

Saturday, August 24
10 am – 12 pm
Jones Pavilion in Riverside Park (1240 RIVERSIDE Dr., Beloit, WI)

Beloit Cares will sell backpacks full of supplies for $7 each. Pre-registration is required, register here. Families wishing to pay in cash should contact Beloit Cares at beloitcares@gmail.com or call 608-313-5135. There are 300 backpacks available. There will also be games, a dunk tank, free lunch, a fire truck, music and an appearance by Snappy.

Do you know of any school supply or backpack giveaways that we missed? Email us at hello@statelinekids.com and let us know!

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