MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WAOW) -- The annual Marshfield Area United Way's (MAUW) "Supplies 4 Success" Backpack and School Supplies Drive kicked off this week with some newly implemented additions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has created financial hardships for many families, especially those families who may find it difficult each year to purchase required school supplies. The "Supplies 4 Success" program is aimed at easing the burden for those families.
Last year, the drive served close to 700 students that qualified for free and reduced lunch in the Marshfield area and surrounding communities. The communities include Stratford, Greenwood, Loyal, Spencer, Auburndale, Granton, Neillsville, Pittsville, and Arpin. However, this year the Marshfield Area United Way is making an exception.
"This year just because the unemployment rate is so high and there are some uncertainties, we are serving anyone who feels they need the help," MAUW Communications Director Krystal Bowman said.
A virtual option is encouraged this year also for donors who don't want to physically go into a store to purchase supplies.
"We are doing online on our website," Bowman added. "You can sponsor a backpack for $40 and that will be the backpack and all the school supplies. We kind of estimated it out with the average costs of all the supplies needed."
As an alternative to sponsoring a backpack, supplies can be dropped off at the following locations:
- Associated Bank (Marshfield & Pittsville)
- Century 21 Realty
- Christ Lutheran Church
- Citizens State Bank (Marshfield & Spencer)
- First Choice Credit Union
- Forward Bank (Marshfield & Greenwood)
- Partners Bank (Marshfield, Spencer & Stratford)
- Marshfield Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Marshfield Area United Way
- Simplicity Credit Union
Pickup of supplies will be contactless.
Families in need can still be added to the list of school supply recipients by calling 715-384-9992.Marshfield Area United Way will help coordinate a pick-up time in August.
The program will run until August 6.