Record #: GRE0088
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023
Last Full Update: 20 Jun 2023


Description (Service) Provides school supplies to school-age children who live at or below the poverty line. Supports families who cannot afford new school supplies.

2023 Program

Jun 12, 2023 to 8:30 am, Aug 18 2023, individuals can dial 2-1-1 on their phone to apply for the Backpack Program. 2-1-1 call centre staff will complete the intake application process. After 8:30 am, Aug 18, 2023, contact United Way directly.

For large agency requests, call the United Way office directly.

Once backpacks are available, the United Way will contact the parent and co-ordinate pick up in Owen Sound or at a depot in their community. Requests after Aug 16 may not reach a depot and the parent may need to come to Owen Sound to pick up.

Families in Owen Sound will be able to pick up their backpacks at the United Way of Bruce Grey starting August 14th during regular business hours.

For families outside of Owen Sound, pick up locations and time can be found here.

Service Details

Public Comments After 8:30 am, Aug 18, 2023, 2-1-1 is no longer doing registrations for the Backpack Program. Call the United Way of Bruce Grey directly at 519-376-1560.

Donations of backpacks and school supplies are accepted during office hours year-round. Financial donations are accepted in person or online
Hours 2-1-1 Program Intake hours: Mon-Sun 24 hours
Registration dates: Jun 12, 2023 to 8:30 am, Aug 18, 2023 - For requests after this date, call United Way directly.
United Way office hours: Mon-Thu 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Fri 8:30 am-3:30 pm

Pickup time and dates: To be announced
Areas Served Bruce County ; Grey County
Eligibility Ages: 3 year(s) - 19 year(s) Must be in elementary or high school.
  • Does not provide for children in day care or nursery school.
  • Will provide for college or university students, IF they have siblings in elementary or high school that are accessing the backpack program.

3 year(s) - 19 year(s)
Application Jun 12, 2023 to 8:30 am, Aug 18, 2023 - dial 2-1-1. Callers will be asked to provide their name, telephone number and the ages of the children in their family.
After 8:30 am, Aug 18, 2022, phone United Way of Bruce Grey at 519-376-1560.
Languages English
Fees None

Address and Location

Located In Community Owen Sound
Address & Map
380 9th St E
Owen Sound, ON
Canada N4K 1P1
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Intersection 9th St E and 4th Ave E
Physical Access Not Accessible - No elevator. Ring bell at front door and staff will come downstairs

Contact Information

Office Phone 2-1-1, Registration - Jun 12, 2023 to 8:30 am, Aug 18, 2023 ; United Way Office: 519-376-1560, At other times of year
Toll Free Phone 1-800-794-1728, United Way Office
Fax 519-376-5458
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Primary Contact Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director; Email:
Mailing Address 380 9th St E 
Owen Sound, ON 
Canada N4K 1P1

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