Food Backpack Program

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The Food Backpack project is a community partnership that address hunger for children in our communities.  We are serving children in all School Districts in Richland and Wilkin Counties.  There are on average 309 children signed up to receive a bag of food in their backpack each week.     We need the community support to continue to provide food to the children.  This program impacts the physical, social, emotional and academic health of our kids.

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United Way offers a helping hand when you need it most. United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.


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School Supply & Distribution

Area children and youth receive a backpack with basic school supplies. Kids start school ready to learn and achieve their potential.  In 2015 we have provided 267 backpacks to children throughout Richland and Wilkin Counties.


Backpack Project

The Food Back Pack Project is an initiative of community partnerships including the United Way of Richland-Wilkin that was piloted in 2012 in Breckenridge and Fairmount schools. In 2013 we expanded into the Campbell school and Wahpeton Zimmerman Kindergarten. In 2014 we secured resources to expand into Wahpeton K-5, St. John’s and St. Mary’s schools.  The Food Backpack program in 2015-16 school year is now available to all schools in Richland and Wilkin Counties.  The program provides children who are at risk of being hungry on the weekends with a backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly, nonperishable food each Friday or school/holiday break.

Each food bag typically includes: 2 breakfast items, 2 main dishes, 2 fruits, 1 snack, 1 vegetable, 2 dairy, and 1 high protein item.


Day of Caring

Day of Caring is a mobilization of volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a day of meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals of the community. Volunteers are assigned to assist the elderly and homebound folks of our community and tackle volunteer projects. No matter what your interest or skills, there is an opportunity for you to get involved. Some projects may include painting a room, cleaning out a flowerbed.

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