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!

Book Bags and School Supplies distribution for the upcoming 2020-21 school year is tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturday Aug 22, 2020 at the Warrenton Community Center. Know that we will have protocols in place to make sure that the distribution of bookbags is done in a safe manner.

Register Your Child

Registration forms are available in Warrenton each year beginning mid-late May. 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
  • Registration Form – Downloadable PDF

Completed Registrations can be dropped off at the food pantry or mailed to the address on the form.

July: Registrations are due by July 18th (Extended to August 1st)
Late July – Early August: A confirmation letter with a claim number & arrival time will be mailed to you
August: Tentative pick up of Bookbag and School Supplies is Saturday August 22nd at Warrenton Community Center (430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton, VA 20186) at your designated arrival time.
To claim your book bag, your registration confirmation letter 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 first name, gender, grade, and favorite color request of a student attending a Fauquier County Public School, as well as step by step instructions. Due to uncertainties with the Corona Virus, we are simplifying BBSS with generic school supply lists this year depending on the child’s grade.

Individual sponsorships
Take care of the needs of one child of a low-income Fauquier family and shop using the standard school supply list based on grade level.

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

2020-2021 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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