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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 22 at 10:00 AM at the Houston Middle School
Itawamba County:  Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 AM at Itawamba Attendance Center in Fulton
Lee County:  Saturday, July 22 at 9:30 AM at the Mall at Barnes Crossing
Pontotoc County:  Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 AM at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc
Prentiss County:  Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville
Tishomingo County:  Saturday, July 22 at 9:00 AM at Iuka United Methodist Church
Union County:  Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Baptist Memorial Hospital New Albany

DOWNLOAD A FLYER: All Dates & Locations | Chickasaw | Itawamba | Lee | Pontotoc | Prentiss | Tishomingo | Union


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! Please note: Volunteers must be 21 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 these generous sponsors:

A2H, PLLC • B & B Concrete Co., Inc. • BancorpSouth • Bank of Okolona • Barbara Fuller • Barkley Travel Service • Barry S. Slaiman • Beth B. White • Beth Davis • Betty Williams • Blue Springs Metals • BNA Bank • Body Shop Supplies & Equipment • Booneville Internal Medicine • Brooks Grocery • Buddy R. Montgomery • C & T Trucking of Fulton, Inc. • C B & S Bank • Capital Financial Group • Catherine Mize • Chickasaw County Retired Teachers Association • Church of the Living God Women Auxillary • Cindy L. Sparks • Comcast • CREATE Foundation • D&R Painting LLC • Denise H. Sojourner • Diane Biddle • Eddie Wright • Farmers and Merchants Bank • Farmers Marketing Assn. • First American National Bank • FL Crane & Sons, Inc. • Foamcraft, Inc. • Franklin Collection Service, Inc. • Franklin Corporation • Fulton Telephone Company • Gary Beadles • Gerald Wages • Grace Clark • Gracie Jackson • Grocers Pride • Honeybaked Ham Company & Café • Houston Insurance & Real Estate, LLC • Hughes Milam • Hussey Sod Farm • International Paper • ITW Paslode • J.E. Vance & Company P.A. • James Rhea Insurance Agency • James W. Black • Janis McCoy • Jerry D. McGee • Jerry Harmon • JESCO, Inc. • Jon Stirewalt • Karen Burke • Kathy Davis • Kathy W. Corban • Kenneth Kellum • Kiwanis Club of Tupelo • Kline Mechanical Systems, Inc. • Kohl’s • Kroger Food Store • Landscape Services, Inc. • Laurie Smith • Lee County WOW Chapter 130 • Leroy Dean • Lewis Whitfield • Linda Murrow • Liz Dawson • Magnolia Business Centre • MAP Electronics • Marcia Eaton • Melinda Nowicki • Mildred D. Slaughter • Mills & Mills Architects, PC • MNM Logos, Inc. • MTD Products Tupelo • Myra Langley • Omega Motion • Pat Gurno • Patrick R. Falkner • Pontotoc County Baptist Association • Pontotoc Electric Power Association • Pontotoc Rotary Club • Rainy L. Carr • Red Bud Supply • Renasant Bank – Iuka • Richard Clark • Rite-Kem, Inc. • Roadrunner • Rod Guajardo • Ronnie O. Yates • Rose C. Trigg • Rotary Club of Tupelo • Scotty Skinner • Shannon & Graham Eye Clinic • Sheila Senter • Shenia Jones • Sheri H. Smith • Smith Drug & Home Medical, Inc. • Southern Funeral Chapel • SportsClips • Stephen Shirley • Steve Schultz • TBEI • Ted Moll • The Cotton Bolt • Thomas Saulsberry • Tombigbee Tooling, Inc. • Tupelo Coca-Cola • Union Lumber Company • United Funeral Service, Inc. • United Steel Workers of America 8420 • Virginia Robinson • W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors • Walmart Fulton • Walmart Pontotoc • Watkins, Ward & Stafford, PLLC • WBIP Radio – The Eagle • Whitaker Sales Inc. • William C. Brawner • Women First Resource Center, Inc. • Zell Long