United Way Backpack Project

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

Watch a short video about the Backpack Project!

What's the United Way Backpack Project? 
Children in grades K-8 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, 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 help!


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
New Hope Lutheran Church
Triumph State Bank

Sleepy Eye
Chuck Spaeth Ford 
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Brown County REA

F & M Bank
Allina Health Springfield Clinic
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union

Bank Midwest
Cathedral of Holy Trinity
Christ the King
Chuck Spaeth Ford
Church of St. Mary
Citizens Bank Minnesota
Diocese of New Ulm
First United Methodist Church
Frandsen Bank
New Ulm Medical Center
New Ulm Chamber
New Ulm Schools- Kids Connection
New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center
New Ulm Turner Hall
Oak Hills Living Center
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
United Prairie Bank