Please check back soon for more information about Operation Backpack 2017!
Applications for Operation Backpack are not available at this time. Please check back for more information.
Families may apply for one backpack per student, preschool through 12th grade. Free backpacks and supplies will only be given to children of families at no more than 200% of the federal poverty level. We try to give backpacks to as many children as possible, based on the greatest need determined by family income.
Applications will be available at the United Way, SIEDA, Crisis Intervention Services, or Love INC offices, in the Oskaloosa Shopper, and End of Month Meal locations. Applications should be returned to SIEDA. Applications may be mailed or returned in person to the Oskaloosa SIEDA location listed below. NOTE: Please do not return to the school district or other agencies!
c/o SIEDA PO Box 28
114 North Market Street
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
We are always looking for groups and individuals to get involved with Operation Backpack On average each stuffed backpack costs about $20. Contributions can be made in the form of supply donations and/or funds to help purchase additional supplies needed. In 2013, United Way helped 16,100 children nation-wide with the Operation Backpack program. In Mahaska County alone, Operation Backpack has distributed over 1,000 backpacks in the last three years. If you would like to support Operation Backpack and school children in your community, we also encourage sponsoring a certain number of students by donating a monetary gift to support the program. These donations are tax deductable, and can be delivered in person or by mail to:
Attn: Operation Backpack
c/o United Way of Mahaska County
500 High Avenue West
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Each year, local businesses host boxes for Stuff the Bus, which supplement the Mahaska County community supply drive. If your business would like to be a community collection site for the school supplies, contact United Way of Mahaska County, and we will provide you with a collection box. Our contact information is listed below.
If you want to help local children get ready for the 2017-2018 school year by helping provide them with the tools they need for their first day of class, contact our office by calling us at 641.673.6043 or via email at email@example.com.