The start of the school year is just around the corner, and local nonprofits are accepting donated school supplies to distribute to families in financial need.

Local officials said the need for this kind of assistance is greater in 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cypress Assistance Ministries

School supply distribution kicked off Monday, Aug. 3. Families in financial need who live in ZIP codes 77065, 77095, 77429 or 77433 are eligible to receive supplies.

Parents must bring their student's photo ID, proof of address and proof of school enrollment to CAM, 11265 Huffmeister Road, Houston, Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Supplies are being distributed from a drive-thru service through Aug. 21. For more information, call 281-955-7684.

The organization is collecting supplies for preschool through high school, including crayons, construction paper, scissors, bottled glue, glue sticks, markers, pencils, pens, erasers, pencil boxes, folders, composition books, spiral notebooks, colored and clear backpacks, wide- and college-ruled notebook paper, highlighters, pencil sharpeners, index cards and binders.

Cy-Fair Helping Hands

Registered CFHH clients that received food in July and have children enrolled in CFISD are eligible for backpacks and supplies. Drive-thru distribution is slated for Aug. 26 and 29 from 9 a.m.-noon or until all supplies are distributed, and parents must show school identification for each student.

Volunteers are needed for these events at 7520 Cherry Park Drive, Ste. B, Houston, and the organization is also collecting donations through Aug. 18. For more information, call 281-858-1222.

CFHH is collecting various items, including backpacks, hand sanitizer, crayons, colored pencils, pencils, pencil grips, pencil pouches, pencil sharpeners, pens, markers, glue sticks, bottled glue, construction paper, folders, wide-ruled notebook paper, index cards, highlighters, binders, composition books, tab dividers, rulers, erasers and spiral notebooks.