Tools for Teachers




Free School Supplies for Teachers in Low-Income Schools

Kids need the right tools in order to succeed in school, but many families cannot afford the most basic school supplies like pencils, crayons and notebooks. In an effort to help their students succeed many teachers pay for school supplies from their own funds to ensure their students are not at a disadvantage.

The Tools for Teachers program provides free school supplies to teachers at schools meeting the following criteria:

School Location

  • Schools must be within Riverside or San Bernardino County lines

Lunch Program

  • Schools must have a minimum participation rate of 80% of its students enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program

Teacher Requirements

  • A Tools for Teachers Application and Agreement must be submitted by a qualified school representative

  • Qualified school representatives are limited to ONLY Principals, Assistant Principals, Counselors, and Teachers ( teacher's aides and substitute teachers are not eligible to participate)

    • Only those registered for shopping days are permitted to select items​

  • Tools for Teachers participants are responsible for bringing their own shopping bags- up to 2 bags equivalent in size to the reu

  • Participants must have a valid staff badge from their school when attending a shopping day

  • School representatives will be limited to participating on a shopping day once per year


School supplies are distributed on select "shopping" days by reservation only. Teachers will select from donated items based on current inventory on a first come first serve basis. Inventory will include supplies in the following categories binders and notebooks, writing utensils, office supplies, paper, containers. Shopping will take place on selected days (usually once per quarter). Teachers will be selected at random from completed and approved applications. Volunteers will be available to help teachers shop and carry their donations to their cars; family and friends are kindly asked to stay in the waiting area while teachers shop.

The Next Tools for Teachers Distribution Is TDB

A teacher nourishes  the soul of a child for a lifetime.
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Get involved!

Do you have questions about our new program? Give us a call at 951-359-4757

Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to alleviate hunger in the Inland Empire. 


Every $1 donated to Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino helps to provide up to 8 meals. Donate today.


Phone: (951) 359-4757

2950 Jefferson Street

Riverside, CA  92504

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