United Way Backpack Program

Common sense, backed up by loads of data, tells you that children who go to school hungry have difficulty concentrating, listening, and learning. This most often leads to decreased academic performance. Feeding America reports a link between food insecurity and an increase in school absences and behavioral issues. Poor nutrition can even lead to delayed development in young children, risk of chronic health issues, and have lasting effects long into adulthood.

This past year, we marked our 10-year Anniversary of our United Way Backpack Program! We have provided food over the weekends to elementary, middle, and high school students across Bismarck-Mandan and many rural communities including Linton, Hazelton, Braddock, Moffit, Hazen, Beulah, and Carson.

In 2023, 30,140+ weekend backpacks of food were provided to 1,700+ children in our local community.

With just $4000, your business can sponsor an entire weekend and provide essential nourishment to over 1700 local children. Each backpack, filled with nutritious food, costs only five dollars. By organizing food drives and accepting individual gifts, we can ensure that every child receives the nourishment they need, supplementing the overall cost.

US Bank & Vogel Law Firm
Bartlett & West, Inc.


Our Sponsors

  • American Family Insurance
  • Bartlett & West, Inc.
  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative
  • Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors
  • Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders
  • Community Realtors & Affiliates
  • Cornerstone Bank
  • Farstad Oil Company
  • Gate City Bank
  • KLJ
  • Marathon Petroleum Company
  • Missouri River Baseball Club
  • MDU Resources Group, Inc.
  • National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)
  • Sanford Health
  • Starion Bank
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • US Bank
  • Vogel Law Firm

Our Volunteers

  • Dakota Adventist Academy
  • Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
  • Kramer Chevrolet
  • Kramer Subaru
  • National Medical Resources
  • North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA)
  • North Dakota Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • Professional Women in Building

Your Impact

Backpack kid

"I just received a call from a mom today asking if we could add her two children to the backpack program. She said her family has two special needs children and money is very tight. The food will help supplement the grocery bill while focusing on medical  needs."
- Angela Messmer, Wachter MS Counselor