If you have school-aged children in your household, you've already started filling out that list of school supplies needed for the coming school year.
Area churches and organizations are also filling their lists for students that may not be able to afford those supplies and they're not the only ones that could use some help.
An office at the food bank in Greeneville has given way to school supply central. All kinds of backpacks have been packed with exactly what needy students need as they head back to school. "I get a list from all the schools. Each grade, what is needed for each individual class and we try and fill it according to that," Carolyn Brooks with Wings of Angels said.
We learned that last year alone they provided over 450 backpacks filled with supplies to families that needed a little help to get their kids started in school.
Those involved want to make sure they start the year ready. "It's a complex to a [needy] child to come in to a classroom on the first day because most of the children have their backpack with all their school supplies," Brooks said.
Across town there's another group getting supplies ready not for students but for teachers. It's called the Teachers Depot and it's been around since 2003. "There was an obvious need with the long list of school supplies and the need that the teachers had, the costs that they were putting out of their own pockets for supplies for their classrooms," Kelly Burrell with the Greene County Chamber of Commerce says.
With help from the Niswonger Foundation and Walmart they provide help year round not just the beginning of school. "We usually have more teachers attend our summer opening and then we'll open it again during the Christmas break right before school starts back for the second semester," Burrell said.
Even though the depot is specifically set up for teachers, a lot of the supplies will end up with needy students. "We do have a lot of teachers that will come through and as they shop they'll say, 'I don't really need this but I know that one of my students or two of my students will need some. I'll go ahead and take it with me.' I would venture to guess that the bulk of the supplies that go out of here go to the needy students," she said.
Getting school supplies ready may seem like a simple thing, but for struggling families getting kids off on the right foot sometimes isn't so simple.