COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The new school year is approaching as Mid-Missouri families deal with inflation.
There are still ways to save money on last-minute back-to-school purchases. In Columbia, PowerHouse Community Development plans to host a back-to-school bash Friday from 2 until 6 pm at the MU Health Pavilion on Ash Street.
Children who attend the event can get free school supplies, haircuts, and health screenings.
This Saturday in Jefferson City, the non-profit organization Building Community Bridges is scheduled to hold a back-to-school block party on E. Ashley Street from 11 am until 2 pm.
Organizers plan to give away school supplies and backpacks to families that attend the block party.
Target is also giving college students and teachers at least 15% off back-to-school supplies.
Columbia Public Schools and Jefferson City School District families can apply for free or reduced meals. The first day of school for JC Schools is Aug. 22 and CPS students return to class on Aug. 23.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) reports that 38% of consumers have cut back on spending in other areas to cover school-related purchases. Families with students in elementary through high school expect to spend around $864 on school supplies, according to the NRF.
The organization expects back-to-school spending to match the record high of $37 billion set in 2021.
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