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Back To School

1,262 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to area students in 2020.


Heading back to school can be stressful for students and their parents when they don't have the school supplies necessary for academic success. Starting the school year with a new backpack filled with school supplies can help students feel confident and ready to meet the educational challenges during the school year and achieve success.

The Salvation Army's Back to School backpack distribution program provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children at select Milwaukee Public Schools.

Collection Events

Stuff the Bus
New this year, The Salvation Army nationwide is collaborating with Walmart to help ease the burden that back to school shopping causes. Donations will be collected at Walmarts across Milwaukee County. Collections will be taking place at the following Walmart locations from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3:

Milwaukee Walmarts:

  • 10330 W. Silver Spring Drive
  • 3355 S. 27th Street
  • 401 E. Capitol Drive
  • 7025 W. Main Street

West Milwaukee

  • 4140 W. Greenfield Avenue

South Milwaukee

  • 222 N. Chicago Avenue


  • 10600 W. Layton Avenue
  • 5301 S. 76th Street


  • 6701 S. 27th Street
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Class Act Telethon and Collection
On Wednesday, August 14 in partnership with WISN 12 and Pick 'N Save Grocery stores, the annual Class Act Telethon, and Collection will help nearly 4,000 children receive new backpacks full of brand new supplies. Five schools within the Milwaukee Metro area will benefit from your donations.

Donate brand new school supplies at the Pick 'n Save at 1717 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 

Supply List

Each backpack filled with supplies is estimated to be $15. We are currently accepting monetary donations or in-kind donations following items:


Pencil bag or box

Washable white glue, 8 oz bottle

Glue sticks

Crayons, 24 count

Colored pencils, 24 count

No. 2 pencils

Large rectangular eraser, pink

Spiral notebooks, 70 pages

Pocket folders

Notebook paper

12" ruler


Blue, black and red ink pens

Highlighters, different colors

Washable markers, 8 count

Low odor dry erase markers

Flash drive/memory stick

Graph paper


Drop Off Locations

The Salvation Army Distribution Center
5880 North 60th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53218
(414) 464-2940
The Salvation Army Coldspring Church
2900 W. Cold Spring Road, Greenfield, WI 53221
(414) 763-9797
The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
11315 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 302-4300
The Salvation Army West Corps Worship & Community Center
1645 N. 25th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414) 342-9191
The Salvation Army Citadel Corps Worship & Community Center
4129 W. Villard Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 463-3300

2275 North Mayfair Rd.

The Salvation Army Oak Creek Corps Worship & Community Center
8853 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek, WI 53154
(414) 762-3993
WNOV Radio Station
2003 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI

Volunteer Opportunities

To learn about volunteer opportunities with our Back to School program, please click here.


For questions regarding the backpack distribution process:

Jennifer Stewart
(414) 464-2940.

To make a corporate gift or in-kind donation:

Sheree Dallas Branch
Assistant Divisional Development Director
(414) 302-4300

Interested in hosting a collection drive?

Click here to get started.

Program Partners:

WISN 12 Milwaukee Public Schools Thrivent Financial Lakeside Buses
Educators Credit Union WNOV Walgreens GuarantyBank


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