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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 grade. 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 16 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Houston High School
Itawamba County:  Saturday, July 23 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Itawamba Attendance Center in Fulton
Lee County:  Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Mall at Barnes Crossing
Pontotoc County:  Saturday, August 6 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc
Prentiss County:  Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville
Tishomingo County:  Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Tishomingo County High School
Union County:  Saturday, August 6 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany

Help us spread the word! Download a flyer for:  Chickasaw County,  Itawamba CountyLee CountyPontotoc County, Prentiss CountyTishomingo County

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. 

Volunteer. We need volunteers to help give out the backpacks! 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 all the sponsors who make these events possible!



B & B Concrete Co., Inc., BancorpSouth, BancorpSouth New Albany, Bank of Okolona & Houston Banking Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville, Baptist Memorial Hospital New Albany, Barry Slaiman, Beth Davis, Beth White, BNA Bank, Body Shop Supplies & Equipment, Booneville Internal Medicine, Buddy Montgomery, Buzzy Clayton Sunday School, C&T Trucking of Fulton, Inc., Carnes Frames, Inc., CB&S Bank, Chickasaw County Retired Teachers, CREATE Foundation, David & Amy Greer, Denise Sojourner, Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Shirley, Dr. William Brawner, Eddie Wright, Ellen Kennedy, Ellen Olsen, Farmers Marketing Association, First American National Bank, First Choice Bank, FL Crane & Sons, Inc., Foamcraft, Franklin Collection Service, Gary & Lynn Beadles, Gerald Wages, Gracie Jackson, Grocer’s Pride, Henry Payne Agency, Honeybaked Ham Company & Café, Houston Insurance & Real Estate, Hughes Milam, Hussey Sod Farm, International Paper, J.E. Vance & Company P.A., Jackie Daniel, James & Meredith Black, Janie Patton, JESCO, Inc., Joy Fisher, Karen Burke, Kathi Carter, Kathy Corban, Kathy Davis, Kenneth & Laura Kellum, Kiwanis Club of New Albany, Kline Mechanical Systems, Kroger Food Store, Landscape Services, Inc., Laura Hodges, Liz Dawson, Magnolia Business Centre’, MAP Sound & Video, Massengill Properties, McFarling Technologies, Mel & Lewis Whitfield, Melinda Nowicki, Michael and Laura Hodges, MNM Logos, Inc., Mrs. Zell Long, MTD Products Tupelo, Myra Langley, North American Pipe Group, North Mississippi Health Services Pontotoc, Omega Motion, Pat Caldwell, Pat Gurno, Patrick Falkner, Plastic Surgery of North Mississippi PA, Pontotoc County Baptist Association, Pontotoc Electric Power Association, Pontotoc Rotary Club, Rainy Carr, Remaining from 2015, Renasant Bank, Renasant Bank Booneville, Renasant Bank Pontotoc, Rite-Kem, Rose Trigg, Shannon & Graham Eye Clinic, Shenia Jones, Smith Drug & Home Medical, Inc., Ted and Lynn Moll, The Cotton Bolt, Thomas Saulsberry, Tombigbee Tooling, Inc., Tupelo Coca-Cola, Tupelo Rotary Club, Union Lumber Company, United Funeral Service, Inc., W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, Wanda Johnston, Whitaker Sales, Inc., Whitney Williams, Women First, Woodmen Life