United Way Hastings & Prince Edward re-launched Backpacks for Success in 2022 after identifying a gap in the community. This program supplies elementary and high school aged students with grade appropriate back-to-school supplies to start of the school year ready to learn. The objective of Backpacks for Success is to ensure that all students in Hastings & Prince Edward Counties have opportunities to participate fully in their education by removing barriers to accessing supplies.


Registration for the 2023 Backpacks for Success program is now closed, and we are officially SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who purchased a backpack and the many individuals and organizations who helped spread the word. A big thank you too to the many community partners, who helped make this year’s initiative possible: Elexicon Energy, Loyalist College, Bell Canada & Peter Smith GMC

1,100 backpacks are being distributed to children from kindergarten to grade 12 in communities across our region.


For further information regarding the Backpacks for Success program, please contact:

Jennifer at United Way Hastings & Prince Edward