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School Supplies
CAC School Supply Program
School Supplies

School supplies are an essential part of every student’s academic success. While many of us recall the excitement and anticipation of selecting school supplies each year, for many families, this is an added burden and financial stress.

CAC supports both the Northfield and Faribault school districts in different ways to get school supplies into the hands of children who need them. We cannot make these initiatives happen without the support of the community. And, we want to be sure families have the information they need to access these resources.

Operation Backpack - Northfield

Operation Backpack is a free community-based resource for Northfield students Pre-K-12. Students receive a free backpack and school supplies coordinated in partnership with the Operation Backpack Committee.

It is available to students:

  • Enrolled in the Northfield School District
  • Those that could benefit from this free resource

Registration & Distribution

  • Registration: Mid-July through early August
  • Distribution: Mid-August

If your child does not attend the Northfield School District, please contact your school office to access school supply resources.

What Can Families Expect?

  • Register online with your child’s information
  • Select the appointment time that works best for you
  • You’ll receive a reminder postcard in the mail; bring this postcard on the day of distribution for easy check-in
  • Distribution will take place at Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway)

Contact us at 507-664-3550 for assistance with your registration, questions, or to access other community resources. We’ll have assistance available at the event to sign-up for SNAP benefits and MNsure.

School Supplies for All
School Supplies for All - Faribault

The Community Action Center is joining forces with Supply Our Children, Faribault Public Schools, and the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce to provide school supplies for all Faribault Public Schools students in need next year.

What Can Families Expect?

Families with children enrolled in Faribault Public Schools grades K-8 for the 2024-2025 school year will be asked to contribute $35 towards the purchase of school supplies. For families who qualify for free and reduced price lunch, the school supply fee will be waived. To get started:

  • All families should fill out the educational benefits form to determine their eligibility
  • Families who are not eligible may pay the $35 fee directly to Faribault Public Schools (more information will be sent home by your child’s teacher this fall)
  • Families who qualify for educational benefits and whose children need a new backpack may access one from the Family Welcome Center in their child’s school during the week before school starts or after school begins

FPS families can expect all children’s school supplies to be available in their classrooms upon the start of school!

Contact CAC’s Faribault Resource Center at 507-384-3661 for assistance accessing community resources, SNAP benefits, and MNsure.

The Need

We know families are stretched. Today, three-quarters of the kids in Faribault Public Schools (74%) are from low-income households. The cost of buying school supplies poses a real financial burden. This means many kids come to school without the supplies they need to be successful. This also creates stress for teachers, who struggle to have the supplies needed for successful classrooms.

How Can I Help?

Through the ability to bulk purchase, these supplies can be bought for less. We are asking our business community, service organizations, individuals, families, and churches to partner with us on this important work. We hope you will join our effort to ensure every child has the tools they need to be successful in school!

Thank You

Your contributions ensure all of our students can start the school year prepared and ready to learn!

CAC’s vitality depends on the community — from volunteers to donations to program-specific support — so that we can continue to meet our neighbors’ basic needs.

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