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United Way’s Summer Eats for Kids and Backpacks for Success Continue in August across Windsor-Essex County

August 15, 2022

Windsor, ON – As planned, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County will continue their summer programs for the next two weeks, until the end of August.

Summer Eats for Kids provides children and families living in low-income with nutritious food during the summer months when school nutrition programs are closed. The Backpacks for Success program provides students in kindergarten through grade 12 in Windsor-Essex County with backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies they need for school. United Way’s Women United group is also collecting 5,000 new and gently used books to hand out to children through these programs.

In order to deliver these programs, United Way is fundraising $150,000 for Summer Eats for Kids and Backpacks for Success.

We are doing a final push for fundraising, and we ask the public to help us reach our goal. We are currently $20,000 away from reaching our fundraising goal.

Those interested in supporting the program can learn more or donate through the links below, or contact United Way directly at 519-259-6147.


Summer Eats for Kids – In Windsor-Essex, 1 in 3 food bank users are children. The goal of the Summer Eats for Kids program is to provide 3,200 boxes of food and 8,250 lunches to children and families in our community this summer. For just $25, donors can support a family with a week’s worth of nutritious fruits, vegetables and snacks. To donate to the program or host a fundraiser, visit

Backpacks for Success – The goal of this program is to provide 2,000 children in Windsor-Essex County with backpacks for school in September. Providing kids with back-to-school supplies increases classroom participation, attendance and student morale. For just $25, donors can support a student by providing them with one backpack filled with school supplies. It’s easy to donate at for Success will also be collecting school supplies and book donations throughout the summer at the United Way office at 300 Giles Blvd. E, Unit A1 on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. until August 12, 2022 or by contacting United Way at 519-259-6177 to arrange an alternate drop off time. Donations of lined paper, coloured pencils, binders, backpacks and scientific calculators are welcome. Only new backpacks and school supplies will be accepted. Both new and gently used books are welcomed.


Summer Eats for Kids runs until August 25, 2022 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

Marlborough Public SchoolWest Gate Public School
St. Angela’s Catholic ElementaryDougall Ave. Public School
St. Louis Catholic Elementary (Leamington)Frank W. Begley Public School

Backpacks will be distributed to students through United Way and other local community programs this year.

Media Contact: 

Kristina Stojkovski, Marketing & Communications Specialist  |  W: 519-259-6188 |  C:519-982-8291

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Last updated on March 28, 2024

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