Jefferson County Health and Education Commitee

The Jefferson County Health and Education Committee is a partnership of local non-profits and area health and social service organizations. The committee meets throughout the year to evaluate the needs of the community and organize fundraising activities to fund the Back-to-School Fair.

We are always looking for new members and new ideas. If you would like to get involved please contact Nancy Pope at or (636) 931-7696.


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Each year the Jefferson County Education Committee hosts the Jefferson County Health and Education Fair. The fair is designed to provide free school supplies to registered low income verified children in Jefferson County School Districts. Each registered child receives a backpack, age and school approved school supplies, hearing and vision screening tests, a dental screening and referral, a haircut, healthy snacks and lunch, books, health and wellness screenings, as well as information regarding school lunch programs, insurance, and much much more. All of these services are provided at no cost to the children and families.

Each year the Back to School fair serves over 700 low-income children from all over Jefferson County.

For registration information please contact DRA at (636) 931-7696 or Jefferson Franklin Community Action at (636) 789-2686.


Total Stats for the 2019 Back to School Fair:

Back packs, school supplies, and a $20 shoe voucher were given to 670 children. (including families unable to attend the fair)

182 children completed CHILD ID Kits with photos and fingerprints

448 children received free dental screenings

8 received dental services on site 

Over 156 children received FREE haircuts from 15 volunteer professional stylists

450 children received a free breakfast from Operation Food Search

Over 40 vendors gave families FREE health or education information

Students offered free sport physicals


Thank You Vendors

The Jefferson County Health and Education Committee would like to say thank you to our many community partners that made it possible to distribute backpacks and school supplies.

Birthright of Hillsboro

Center for Hearing and Speech Children’s

Advocacy Center of East Central MO

Comtrea, Inc.

Dept. of Mental Health – St. Louis Regional Office

Disability Resource Association

East Missouri Action Agency

Family Support Division/Child Support

Get Healthy Desoto

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Good Shepherd Children and Family Services

Home State Health

Jefferson County 911 Dispatch

Jefferson County Community Partnership

Jefferson County Health Dept. /Mobile Dental Clinic

Jefferson County Hunger Task Force

Jefferson County Drug Prevention Coalition

Jefferson County MO Retired Teachers Association

Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corp. / Head Start

Laclede Gas Company

Mercy Hospital Jefferson

Missouri CARE


Operation Food Search

Parents as Teachers

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

Show Me Hope

St. Louis Crisis Nursery

University of MO Extension

Upward Smiles, Inc.




Join Us

Fundraising for the fair occurs year round and we are always looking for volunteers and businesses willing to sponsor a fundraising event. Sponsorship levels and advertising options are also available for individuals and businesses willing to sponsor the fair itself. 100% of the money raised for the fair goes back into buying school supplies and any help is most appreciated. Please call to get involved and check back often to learn more about our upcoming fundraising events. For more information please contact Nancy at (636) 931-7696 or

Back-to-School Fair Donation Form