Book Bag & School Supplies Program



Help give children of struggling Fauquier families a great first day of school

Fauquier FISH has provided book bags of school supplies to children in need for over 20 consecutive years now through the Book Bag School Supply (BBSS) program. Fauquier FISH, along with other residents, churches, and businesses sponsor and pack book bags of school supplies that are handed out each summer. Each year, the program grows. While this program is not food-focused, it does align with our desire to service children in our community, recognizing that having adequate school supplies allows children to start out the school year on a positive note.

Our distribution for the 2019-2020 school year was held on Aug 10, 2019 and over 800 backpacks with school supplies were distributed. Thank you to everyone who sponsored a child or donated school supplies to the program this year!

Register Your Child

Registration forms are available in Warrenton each year beginning May 15. Ask for one at these locations:

  • Fauquier FISH Food Pantry 24 Pelham Street in Old Town
  • Dept. of Social Services 320 Hospital Drive
  • Fauquier Community Food Bank & Thrift Store 249 East Shirley Avenue

June: Register by June 30
July: A confirmation letter with a claim number & arrival time will be mailed to you
August: Pick up filled book bags Saturday August 10 at Warrenton Community Center (430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton, VA 20186) at your designated arrival time. To claim your book bag, your registration confirmation must be presented.

Sponsor A Child

If you would like to sponsor a book bag, please contact us at and we will assign you a student.

Sponsors are given the name, gender, school, grade, favorite color, and backpack character request of a student attending a Fauquier County Public School, as well as step by step instructions. Sponsors shop from the teacher supply lists downloadable below or at

Individual sponsorships
Take care of the needs of one child of a low-income Fauquier family and shop using the public school’s teacher supply list.

Businesses & Organizations:
Make it a fun and rewarding group project and donate filled book bags working from a list of students.

2019-2020 School Supply Lists

Where to donate

Donations are accepted at 24 Pelham St. Warrenton, VA 20188.

Donations are also accepted online.


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