The town’s annual program to help income-eligible families with “back-to-school” needs for the new academic year is set for the first week of August.

The Back to School program, administered by the town’s Department of Human Services, will take place Aug. 3-7 at Town Hall, according to Barbara Butler, the town’s human services director.

Gift cards are distributed through the program to income-eligible families who have children in the Westport schools. Families can use the cards to purchase new backpacks and school supplies. The Salvation Army also provides a limited number of Payless gift cards to be used to buy children’s shoes.

The program depends on donations from individuals and community organizations.

Last year, 189 Westport students from 107 families received supplies as well as gift cards. That represents almost 10 full classrooms of students, according to the Department of Human Services.

Tax-deductible monetary donations made payable to “Town of Westport/DHS Family Programs” (memo: Backpacks) and mailed to Department of Human Services, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

Gift cards of any amount to stores such as Staples, Target, Walmart, Old Navy and others may be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 200 at Town Hall.

Families interested in checking their eligibility for the program should contact the Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050. Questions should be directed to Sarah Heath at or 203-341-1050.