School Supply Drive

Photo of local students benefiting from UB's School Supply Drive.

Local students benefiting from UB's School Supply Drive.

At the start of every new school year the Office of Community Relations works with offices and departments campus-wide to collect school supplies that are then donated to schools throughout the City of Buffalo. 

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About the drive

A very popular initiative on campus, the School Supply Drive involves partnership with over 40 departments and collects over 17 thousand items provided by our generous employees. Our office distributes the supplies to elementary and middle schools in the City of Buffalo.

Important dates

  • Late June: UB Departments and offices are contacted to confirm participation
  • July 22nd: Collection boxes are dropped off campus-wide
  • September 9th: End of drive, and supplies are collected from departments and offices
  • September: Supplies are distributed to partnering schools

Drop off locations

North Campus

  • Alumni Arena: Athletics Department, 202A
  • Baird Research Park: Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships, 1576 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst.
  • Baldy Hall: School of Social Work, 685 Baldy Hall. Graduate School of Education Admissions Office 366 Baldy Hall
  • Capen Hall: Office of the President, fifth floor reception area; Office of the Provost, fifth floor reception area; Honors College, 106 Capen;  Professional Staff Senate, 543 Capen; Career Services, 259 Capen; Office of Admissions, 12 Capen; 1 Capen, lobby area.
  • Crofts Hall: 120 Crofts; Communications
  • Ellicott Complex: Parking & Transportation,  Office of Financial Aid, 115a Porter     Quad; Campus Dining & Shops, 146 Fargo Quad.
  • Jacobs Hall: School of Management, 160 Jacobs.
  • Norton Hall: Student Support Services, 220 Norton.
  • Park Hall: College of Arts and Sciences, 207A Park.
  • Student Union: Office of Student Engagement, 150 Student Union; Intercultural Diversity Center, 240 Student Union;   
  • The Commons, Technology Transfer, Suite 109.
  • Talbert Hall: Office of Admissions, 220 Talbert.

South Campus

  • Harriman Hall: Office of Annual Giving, 303 Harriman Hall.
  • Hayes Hall: School of Architecture and Planning, 121 Hayes.
  • Kimball Tower: University Development and School of Public Health and Health Professions, 410 Kimball.
  • Michael Hall: Student Health and Wellness, 111 Michael Hall.
  • Parker Hall: Community Relations, 120 Parker.
  • Squire Hall: School of Dental Medicine, reception lobby.
  • Wende Hall: School of Nursing, 201 Wende.


  • Educational Opportunity Center: Alumni Affairs and Student Development, 555 Ellicott St., 407 EOC.
  • New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., first floor lobby and reception area.


Supplies needed

Needed supplies contributed by our employees include:

Tissues, hand soap, cleaning supplies, book bags, crayons and pencils, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, highlighters, index cards, binders, pens, makers, planners, and calculators.

Interested in participating?

Please click the button below to sign up your office or department to participate in the drive.