Basics

Parents who struggle to put food on the table may often be challenged to provide their children with the necessary school supplies.  With the firm belief that every child deserves the tools they need for academic achievement, ACFB developed Kids In Need, a year-round free store for educators.  The Kids In Need mission is to provide learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by poverty.

Every year, Kids In Need is proud to distribute hundreds of thousands of pounds of brand new school supplies to teachers in low-income schools in the Atlanta region.  For a school to qualify, at least 80% of the students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced meal program. There is absolutely no cost to teachers or schools.  The Kids In Need facility is set up much like a retail store and is continuously stocked with school and art supplies for grade levels Pre-K through 12.

For more information on Kids In Need, email kin@acfb.org or call 404.892.FEED (3333) x1470. 

FAQ

How do I know if my school qualifies?
For a school to qualify, at least 80% of students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced meal program. If your school is located within our KIN service area and meets the reduced meals enrollment requirement, your next step is to contact Kids In Need at KIN@acfb.org.

Does the program serve all the school systems across metro Atlanta?
Kids In Need does not serve the entire Atlanta region, but we cover quite a bit of territory!  We currently serve schools in the following systems: Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, Gainesville City, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Henry County, Marietta City, and Spalding County school systems.

Are there any costs involved?
No. Teachers from qualifying schools can come to Kids In Need twice a year to “shop” for brand new school supplies at absolutely no cost! All supplies are brand new and donated by manufacturers, retail stores and school supply drives.

What can I get?
The Kids In Need free store is stocked with a variety of brand new school and art supplies for grade levels pre-K through 12 – everything from binders and folders to pencils and paper.

Where do I shop?
The Kids In Need facility has recently relocated to ACFB’s Jefferson Street facility (adjacent to the main ACFB facility). The address is 970 Jefferson St., N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318. Get directions to our current Kids In Need facility.  

How does it work?
Kids In Need obtains updated full-time teacher roster information from the principals of eligible schools. Once updated in our system, each eligible teacher receives a unique username and password along with instructions for utilizing our appointment scheduling site. Teachers may shop once each semester. Shopping is by appointment only. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 2:45 - 4:45 p.m., some evening and weekend appointments are also available. Make your appointment

Do you have any specific shopping policies? 
Yes. Please follow the below policies:

  • Each teacher must present photo identification.
  • Shopping is by appointment only.
  • No children or guests are permitted in the store area.  
  • Teachers will be allowed 30 minutes to shop.

I would like to volunteer for Kids In Need.  Do you have volunteer opportunities?
We have opportunities for both groups and individuals. Groups are needed to help sort and re-stock school supplies, and individuals are needed to assist teachers with shopping. Get more details on volunteering for Kids In Need.  

Where do all these free supplies come from? 
Kids In Need would not be able to operate without generous donations from school and office supply manufacturers and retailers. We also welcome school supply drives and donations from individuals. View our wish list for most needed items.

School Systems Served

We currently serve elementary, middle and high schools in 12 school systems:  Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, Gainesville City, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Henry County, Marietta City, and Spalding County school systems.

If your school belongs to one of these systems and 80% of your students are enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program, you may qualify for free school supplies.

Appointments

Schedule an Appointment

Who Can Shop - We work with teachers in eligible schools in the metro Atlanta area to distribute school supplies to children in need. We send teachers at eligible schools logon information after their principals submit their school roster.  Teachers can then log on to the site and schedule an appointment to shop at the Kids In Need free store.

What We Offer - The Kids In Need store has an assortment of brand new school supplies that have been donated by manufacturers, stores and school-supply drives. The product mix changes based on our current variety of donated stock. Quantities of some high-demand items are limited to enable as many teachers as possible to have access to those supplies.

What You Should Know - Please note that in order to give all of our teachers the opportunity to shop at Kids In Need, it is necessary for us to limit the allotted time. All items are to be used strictly for the benefit of your students in need and are not to be used personally. Any attempt to sell, barter, trade or otherwise profit from these items by any means is strictly prohibited. Failure to comply with these stipulations will result in automatic and permanent revocation of your privileges to shop at Kids In Need.

  • Each teacher must present a photo I.D.
  • Shopping is by appointment only.
  • Children or guests are not permitted in the warehouse store.

Managing Appointments

Note: you will need a password to manage your appointments. 

Note: Eligibility is based on the percentage of school children in the free or reduced lunch program. It changes from year to year and eligible schools are notified each semester.

Schedule an Appointment (within our scheduling site)

Kids In Need has a new scheduling system for the Fall 2012 academic year.  When an eligible school's full-time teacher roster has been submitted and processed, teachers eligible to shop will receive an email from Kids In Need with a new user name and password.  Teachers will click on the link below to schedule an appointment.  Teachers have the ability to change their password after logging in and then proceed to view the list of available dates.  Teachers then select the date to visit our store and scroll to the bottom of the page to click "Continue."  Teachers then accept the terms and click "Finished".   Once this is done, teachers will receive an email confirming the upcoming appointment.

Cancel an Appointment (within our scheduling site)

Once the user name and password is entered, please note a reason for the cancellation and then click "Submit."  An email confirming the cancellation will be sent to the email on file.

Kids In Need operates on the generosity of corporations, businesses, groups and individuals.  We are also pleased to accept supplies donated by manufacturers, retail stores and school supply drives. The project can never have too many of the following items:

  • Pencils                                                                        
  • Crayons
  • Filler Paper
  • Erasers
  • Copy Paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • Rulers
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders
We can always use pencils!
Volunteering

Group volunteer opportunities:  Small groups of 5-12 volunteers (ages 16 and up) are needed to help with sorting and restocking inventory. Group volunteer projects can be scheduled Monday or Friday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Individual Volunteer opportunities:  Individuals are needed as restocking assistants or shopping assistants for teachers.  Restocking Assistants are asked to help ensure that the Kids In Need store is stocked and ready for the next shopping day.  Shopping Assistants assist with the flow of the teacher shopping shift time.  Restocking and Shopping Assistants are asked to make an ongoing commitment to a 3 hour shift either once a week or once every two weeks for one or more semesters.  There are two semesters each year, August - December and January - May.  (Volunteers can start at any point during the school year.) Shifts for Restocking Assistants run Tuesdays – Fridays from 9:00am – 12noon.  Shifts for Shopping Assistants run Mondays – Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and one Saturday per month from 9:00 a.m.  to Noon or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Get more details on volunteering for Kids In Need.