Local organizations help ease record back-to-school costs

SAN DIEGO — Families are expected to spend a record-breaking amount on back-to-school supplies and clothes this year.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), families plan to spend an average of $864 on school items, which is up about $15 compared to 2021. Back-to-school costs have been rising since the pandemic. Compared to 2019, families are spending an average of about $168 more.

Organizations in San Diego are coming together to help ease the cost burden of going back-to-school for families in the region.