Kids’ Backpacks

Back to school can be an expensive time for families in need as they try to provide all the supplies needed for a new school year.

In order to help our neighbors in need, FROM offers a Kids’ Backpacks program to help children start the new school year off right by providing a backpack filled with the supplies they need (specific to their school and grade).

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Who Can use Kids’ Backpacks?

Kids’ Backpacks is for families with school aged children (pre-school through High School senior) that live in or attend the Lowell Area Schools, are facing a financial hardship, and are in need of backpacks and school supplies for their children.

What is Included with Kids’ Backpacks?

Kids’ Backpacks provides each registered child with a backpack (they can choose from a selection of backpacks) and school supplies specific to their school and grade.

FROM makes every effort to provide all the items requested by the teachers/grade for Lowell Area Schools, but FROM encourage families to double check the list they are given from their school/teacher with the supplies provided by FROM to see if any additional items are needed.

How to Sign Up for Kids’ Backpacks:

In order to provide the items needed for each child, families must pre-register for the Kids’ Backpacks program. Registration for this program closed July 31, 2020. If you still need assistance, please contact our Connections Office at (616) 897-8260.

Backpack Distribution Days will be held

*pre-registration is required in order to attend

August 8 from 9:00 a.m. – noon 

August 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

What to Expect the Day of Kids’ Backpacks Distribution:

Backpack Distribution Days will be held

August 8 from 9:00 a.m. – noon 

August 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

*additional days may be added based on social distancing requirements

We are still working on the details of these events and will be monitoring current social distancing and safety guidelines.

Typically parents/guardians come to FROM during the distribution time- kids are welcome to come too!. A volunteer helps gather the supplies needed for their child(ren) and pick out a backpack.

Kids’ Backpacks Schedule:

Registration for Kids’ Backpacks

June 15, 2020 through July 31, 2020 

form must be completed online. If you need assistance filling out the form, please call our office at (616) 897-8260. 

Distribution for Kids’ Backpacks

August 8 from 9:00 a.m. – noon 

August 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

At FROM

*additional times may be added based on social distancing requirements

How Can I Help?

Interested in learning how you can help with the Kids’ Backpacks Program? We are running a School Supplies Drive now through August 7, you can drop off items at FROM to help fill the backpacks. Choose one of our most needed items off of the list in the image below or click here to visit our Amazon Wish List.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Visit our Other Ways to Give to find out how you can partner with us to help our neighbors in need.