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Each year, United Way and our partners team up to provide FREE backpacks and school supplies for students entering K-6th grades. We are lucky enough to be able to hold 7 of these events each year–one in each of the counties United Way of Northeast Mississippi serves.

The only requirements to receive a backpack and supplies are:

  • the child must be entering kindergarten through sixth grade
  • the child must be present at the event

There are no other restrictions. Your child can participate regardless of where he or she lives, which school he or she attends, or your family’s income. Grandparents or other responsible adults are also encouraged to bring children if their parents are unavailable on the day of the resource fair.

If you miss your county’s resource fair, please feel free to attend one of the other events!

All giveaways are held on a first-come, first-served basis. We will give out backpacks and supplies until we run out or until the end of the event, whichever comes first.

This year’s resource fair dates and locations are:


Chickasaw County:  Saturday, July 28 at 10:00 AM at the Houston Middle School
Itawamba County:  Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 AM at Itawamba Attendance Center in Fulton
Lee County:  Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 AM at the Mall at Barnes Crossing
Pontotoc County:  Saturday, June 23 at 8:00 AM at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc
Prentiss County:  Saturday, July 28 at 9:00 AM at Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville
Tishomingo County:  Friday, July 20 at 4:00 PM at Mineral Springs Youth Center in Iuka
Union County:  Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Baptist Memorial Hospital New Albany

Get Involved!

It takes many people in our community to make these events happen! There are several ways you or your business or organization can get involved.




Give. For only $12.50, you can provide a backpack and supplies for a child at the resource fair. You can sponsor one child or several. Click here to make a donation. Prefer to mail your gift? Download a B2S Donation Form.

Volunteer. We need volunteers to help give out the backpacks! Please note: We request that all volunteers be 16 or older. Click here to sign up to be a volunteer.

Host a Booth. Community organizations, churches, businesses, or any other organization can host a booth at the resource fair for free, to give out information or other materials or even have a fun activity. Click here to sign up for a booth space at one of our events.

Thank you to our generous 2018 sponsors who provided 3,000 students with the supplies needed to start the school year prepared!

B & B Concrete Co., Inc.  •  BancorpSouth  •  Bank of Okolona  •  Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County  •  Gary Beadles  •  James Black  •  Body Shop Supplies & Equipment  •  Brewer Baptist Church  •  Karen Burke  •  Thomas Byrne  •  C B & S Bank  •  Chickasaw County Retired Education Personnel  •  Church of the Living God Women Auxiliary  •  Stephen Corban  •  CREATE Foundation  •  Beth Davis  •  Kathy Davis  •  Dan Duncan  •  Patrick Falkner  •  Farmers Marketing Assn.  •  Ferguson Enterprises  •  First American National Bank  •  First Choice Bank  •  FL Crane & Sons, Inc.  •  Foamcraft, Inc.  •  Franklin Corporation  •  Girl Scouts Heart of the South  •  David Greehaw  •  Grocer’s Pride  •  Pat Gurno  •  Jerry Harmon  •  Honeybaked Ham Company & Café  •  Hunter Douglas, Inc.  •  Hussey Sod Farm  •  International Paper  •  ITW Paslode  •  Gracie Jackson  •  JESCO, Inc.  •  Shenia Jones  •  Kline Mechanical Systems, Inc.  •  Kroger   •  Myra Langley  •  Zell Long  •  Molly Lovorn  •  Magnolia Business Centre  •  MaxxSouth Broadband  •  Hughes Milam  •  MNM Logos, Inc.  •  Ted Moll  •  Buddy Montgomery  •  Morris Sales Company  •  MTD Products Tupelo  •  Carter Naugher  •  Norbord  •  North American Pipe  •  Omega Motion  •  Pontotoc County Baptist Association  •  Pontotoc Electric Power Association  •  Pontotoc Rotary Club  •  Renasant Bank  •  Rite-Kem, Inc.  •  Ross & Yerger  •  Rotary Club of Tupelo  •  Thomas Saulsberry  •  Savings/Dodge’s Stores  •  Shannon & Graham Eye Clinic  •  Stephen Shirley  •  Barry Slaiman  •  Mildred Slaughter  •  Smith Drug & Home Medical, Inc.  •  Denise Sojourner  •  Southern Diversified Industries  •  Southern Funeral Chapel  •  Southern Motion, Inc.  •  Cindy Sparks  •  The Cotton Bolt  •  Thompson Machinery  •  Tombigbee Tooling, Inc.  •  Toyota Mississippi  •  Tremont Floral Supplies, Inc.  •  Rose Trigg  •  Trustmark National Bank  •  Union Lumber Company  •  United Funeral Service, Inc.  •  W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors  •  Gerald Wages  •  Whitaker Sales Inc.  •  Lewis Whitfield  •  Lewis Whitfield  •  Woodmen of the World  •  Eddie Wright  •  Ronnie Yates