Jefferson County Health and Education Committee

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 Paulette Hensley 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.


Totals and Stats from the 2023 Back to School Fair:

Backpacks filled with school supplies were given to 665 children. (including families unable to attend the fair)

513 children received a free pair of Shoes thanks to our partnership with Sneakers with Soul and Festus Walmart

300+ Meals were distributed by Operation Food Search

134  Children received a Free Haircut

125 Child ID Kits were completed by MO Family Support Division

25 Children received Detal services thanks to Upward Smiles (20 cleanings + 5 emergency services)

123 Children were Screened for hearing and vision, with 37 referrals made for follow-up services

 Over 65 volunteers helped to set up and run the event, including groups from Unigroup, Gracelife Chapel, and American Heritage Girls

25 Vendors Including gave valuable information and fun products to everyone who attended


Thank You To Our 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.

  • Arsenal Credit Union
  • Child Care Aware
  • Chestnut Health Systems
  • Christian Family Services
  • Developmental Disability Advocates (DDA)
  • FACT Family Advocacy and Community Training
  • Get Healthy DeSoto
  • Good Shepherd Children & Family Service
  • Jefferson County 911 Dispatch
  • Jefferson County Family Support Division
  • Jefferson County Community Partnership
  • Jefferson County Health Department
  • Jeff Co Retired Educational Association
  • Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services / Family Solutions for Kids
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery
  • Second Hand Heroes
  • United 4 Children
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • Upward Smiles


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 Paulette at (636) 931-7696 or