By transferring community surplus supplies at no cost, the Free Store annually distributes millions of essential resources to teachers and students in need.
A Gift For Teaching
More than 60% (nearly 190,000) of the students in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties come from families that can’t afford lunch, let alone school supplies. Nearly 12,000 of these children are homeless and that number continues to rise each year. A Gift For Teaching (AGFT) is Central Florida’s primary provider of free school supplies that enable children to dream, create and experience success in school and life.
Throughout the organization's 17 year history, AGFT has distributed over $95 million worth of school supplies including books, backpacks, paper, crayons and even new socks and underwear. AGFT annually serves 338 public schools and more than 12,000 teachers in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties by transferring supplies and merchandise into the hands of over 100,000 students in need through its educational supply store where teachers "shop" for free materials.