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, BIC Graphic, 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.

Volunteers needed: Click Here to sign up

School supply collection boxes are located throughout Brown County.
Please donate school supplies at any of these locations throughout the month of July.

Church of St. Paul
City of Comfrey
New Hope Lutheran Church
Triumph State Bank
New Ulm
Bank Midwest
Cathedral of Holy Trinity
Christ the King Lutheran 
Chuck Spaeth Ford
Church of St. Mary
Citizens Bank Minnesota
Diocese of New Ulm
First United Methodist Church
Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories
New Ulm Medical Center
New Ulm Chamber
New Ulm Public Library
New Ulm Schools- Kids Connection
Oak Hills
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Parker Hannifin
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Sleepy Eye
Chuck Spaeth Ford 
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Brown County REA
Motion Chiropractic
F & M Bank
Allina Health Springfield Clinic
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Springfield Public Library
St. John's Lutheran Church
St. Paul Lutheran Church
St. Raphael Catholic Church
United Methodist Church
Zion Lutheran Church