United Way Backpack Project

Each year, approximately 475 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? 
Children in grades K-12 in Brown County who qualify for the free lunch program can participate in this program. United Way has teamed up with local school districts, The Salvation Army, The Koozie Group, Alliance Bank, area businesses, and places of worship 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-12.  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 pick up their backpacks with all the supplies they need to get off to a good start in school.


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

School Supply List

Church of St. Paul
New Hope Lutheran Church
Triumph State Bank

Sleepy Eye
Chuck Spaeth Ford 
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Brown County REA
Dyckman Free Library
BJ's Salon

Allina Clinic Springfield
F & M Bank
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Springfield United Methodist Church
St. Pauls Lutheran Church

St. John the Baptist

St. George
Holy Cross Church

American Family Insurance-Lori Opitz
Bank Midwest
Blethen Berens
Cathedral of Holy Trinity
Christ the King Church
Chuck Spaeth Ford
Church of St. Mary
Citizens Bank Minnesota
First United Methodist Church
Frandsen Bank

NEW ULM (Cont)
Kraft Heinz Food Company
MLC-Pioneer College Caterers
New Ulm Medical Center
New Ulm Chamber
New Ulm Chiropractic
New Ulm Schools- Kids Connection
New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center
New Ulm Recreation Center
New Ulm Turner Hall
Richardson Building
Riverbend Business Products
Oak Hills Living Center
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
United Prairie Bank