School isn’t quite out for the summer, but The Shepherd’s Staff is preparing for its back-to-school program, which provides clothing and school supplies for families in need.

This year, families interested in signing up to receive free school supplies through the program will need to do so between June 18 and July 13, according to a news release.


People can sign up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays or from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at The Shepherd’s Staff office, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.

Those who cannot make it to The Shepherd’s Staff may also sign up at the following dates and locations:

  • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday June 20, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 200 Main Street, New Windsor
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown
  • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, South Carroll Food Pantry, Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Sykesville.
  • 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the Rinehart Parking Lot and the Corner of Broadway and Main streets, Union Bridge
  • 9 a.m.-noon Saturday July 7 and Saturday July 14, Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 3006 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 9, Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Sykesville
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown
  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Saint Joseph Catholic Community, 915 Liberty Road, Eldersburg

Last year, The Shepherd’s Staff Back-to-School program provided clothes, backpacks and other school supplies to 1,283 Carroll County students, according to the release.

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“Because of this program, students are able to walk into the first day of school with a brand new backpack, school supplies, and new clothes. The families we see are so grateful that their children will have a fresh start to the school year,” Executive Director Brenda Meadows is quoted as saying in the release.

She is also quoted as noting the community effort that makes the program possible.

“We receive donations from groups, businesses, and individuals and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers,” Meadows said, according to the release.

The Shepherd’s Staff is accepting donations for the program at its 30 Carroll St. address. For more information on what supplies are needed, call 410-857-5944 or visit