United Way Backpack Project

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Each year, approximately 400 backpacks are filled with grade and school district appropriate school supplies and given to qualifying children throughout Brown County.

What's the United Way Backpack Project?  

Watch a short video about the Backpack Project!

Children in grades K-8 in Brown County who qualify for the free lunch program can participte in this program. United Way has teamed up with local school districts, the Salvation Army, Optimist Club of New Ulm, The Caring Tree Program, Bank Midwest and area businesses to make this opportunity available to families in the Brown County area.

How does it work?

Each summer schools in Brown County mail United Way Backpack Project info and applications to families who qualify for the FREE lunch program in grades K-8.  School supplies and backpacks are then collected by participating businesses and organizations to fill the large number of requests.  Parents and children who qualify to receive a backpack and supplies are then invited to come and pack their backpacks with all the supplies they need to get off to a good start in school.

Thank you to the local businesses who helped collect donation in our communities in July 2020!

Comfrey
Church of St. Paul
New Hope Lutheran Church

Sleepy Eye 
BIC Graphic
Brown County REA
Chuck Spaeth Ford 
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
 
Springfield
F & M Bank
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Springfield Public Library
St. John's Lutheran Church
St. Paul Lutheran Church
St. Raphael 
United Methodist Church
Zion Lutheran Church
 
New Ulm
3M
Bank Midwest
Alliance Bank
American Legion
Bob Webb Insurance Agency, Inc.
Cathedral of Holy Trinity
Chuck Spaeth Ford
Christ the King Lutheran
Church of St. Mary
Citizens Bank Minnesota
Inspired
Jensen Motors
New Ulm Medical Center
New Ulm Public Library
New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center
New Ulm Schools- Kids Connection
New Ulm Turner Hall
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Parker Hannifin
Shoe Sensation
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
SpecSys
United Prairie Bank
Windings