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 High School gym
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: TBA
Union County: Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Baptist Memorial Hospital New Albany
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.