Chandler families in need encouraged to attend Operation Back to School Chandler

July 12, 2019
Girl receiving backpack

Chandler families with students in need of school supplies are invited to participate in the seventh annual Operation Back to School Chandler. The free event is scheduled from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave.

Eligible Chandler K-12 students may receive backpacks filled with supplies, shoes, uniforms, socks and underwear (while supplies last). In addition, families will receive information on free after-school programs, community services including the upcoming Census, along with giveaways and prizes. Online applications for free or reduced priced meals for the FY 19-20 school year also will be available onsite with staff available to assist as needed.

Participating families must bring the following to the event in order to receive supplies:

  • Previous report card or enrollment form to confirm attendance at Chandler schools or a current utility bill to confirm Chandler residency
  • Children must be present at the event
  • Parents and guardians must bring some form of ID

This event continues to be the largest back-to-school event in the East Valley. Last year, more than 3,000 families attended and 2,100 backpacks were distributed.

Operation Back to School Chandler is organized by For Our City-Chandler volunteers and the City of Chandler Neighborhood Resources Department. The event also receives financial and in-kind support from the following community organizations and businesses: AZCEND, Barro’s Pizza, Bashas’, Boys & Girls Club, CARE Center, Chandler Compadres, City of Chandler employees, Chandler Firefighter Charities, Chandler LDS Church, Checking Out Chandler, Chandler Unified School District, Chase’s Diner, Clothes Cabin, Compass Christian Church, Cox Communications, CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Detherage Foundation, Dignity Health, East Valley Jewish Community Center, Fans Across America, Garmin, Gear-up Promotions, Hilton Hotels, ICAN, Intel, Islamic Center of the East Valley, Kiwanis International, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, McMahon's Ice Cream, On Trac, Rep. Jennifer Pawlik, Peerless Plumbing Company, Inc., Pride Group, Salvation Army, Taco Bell, Salt River Project and Shear Outreach. 

For more information on Operation Back to School Chandler, visit the event website


Media contact:
Stephanie Romero   
Public Information Officer
480-782-2231