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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.

To be eligible for a free backpack and supplies, students must be entering kindergarten through sixth grade and must be present at the event.

This year’s resource fair dates and locations are:

Chickasaw County:  Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Life Center in Houston
Itawamba County:  Saturday, July 18 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Itawamba Attendance Center in Fulton
Lee County:  Saturday, July 25 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Mall at Barnes Crossing
Pontotoc County:  Saturday, July 11 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc
Prentiss County:  Saturday, July 25 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville
Tishomingo County:  Saturday, July 25 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 at Families First Resource Center at Tishomingo County High School
Union County:  Date TBA at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in 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. 

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.