Bras are insanely expensive so it’s important for low income women to know how to get free bras. Fortunately, there are many organizations that assist with this critical need and we have a list!
There’s probably a clothing bank near you. These organizations are run by local churches and charities with the express purpose of providing free clothing to people who need a little help. Some of these banks are connected to thrift stores and allow you to shop their donations for free, which can be especially helpful if you need a particular style or size.
We have a long list of these resources, but you can also call 211 to find others in your area. Your local Salvation Army, Community Action Council, or food bank may also be able to help you find other resources in your area.
I Support The Girls Affiliates
I Support The Girls is an international organization that provides free bras, underwear, tampons, pads, panty liners and other essentials to organizations that serve low income women. In order to get help, you will need to contact an I Support The Girls affiliated program in your area.
There are affiliates in the following locations:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
Some of these areas have statewide programs and others are limited to certain cities, counties or regions. For more information on how to request a free bra from I Support The Girls, you will need to find your nearest affiliate and contact them for more information.
Community Resource Centers
Some Community Resource Centers, such as those operated by Community Action Councils, may be able to provide free bras to those who need them. However, this service will certainly vary by location.
For example, I found a newspaper article that listed The Gainesville Resource Center as a source for free bras for cancer survivors. The article states that this organization also provides free wigs, hats and more to survivors who ask.
Workforce Support Services
There are many government and nonprofit organizations designed to help working people obtain the clothing and supplies they need to enter or stay in the workforce. Many of these programs can provide free bras to women who can’t afford them.
For example, Career Wardrobe in Pennsylvania offers professional clothing for job interviews and new jobs. They have specialty clothing like scrubs, non-skid shoes, and more. They also have casual clothing, and have previously posted events that offered free bras for low income women.
Bras for Girls (K-12 Only)
This organization has donated over 35,000 sports bras to girls who need them. Their goal is to make sure that no girl is excluded from sports just because she doesn’t have a sports bra.
In order to be eligible, the recipient (or person receiving the bra) must be between the ages of 8 and 18. Usually, the bras must be received by a program like a sports team, school program or community program. Anyone can nominate their school, team or program to receive bras using this online form.
Schools (K-12 Only)
It sounds weird, but sometimes your local school or school district can provide free bras to low income students. That’s the case at Southaven Middle School in Mississippi, where a controversial program once offered shapewear but now only offers bras, underwear and other essentials.
Even if your local school does not provide those items directly, they are most likely aware of organizations and services in the area that can provide them. It’s always a good idea to check with your school for essential needs like this.