Backpacks For Good

We are once again hosting Backpacks For Good, a back-to-school readiness event!

The Berrien Community Foundation, in sponsoring partnership with the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the DeGroot Family Foundation, will host three bookbag giveaway events this year:

  • Brandywine Community Schools Students: August 10, 5 – 7 p.m. at Brandywine Elementary School Parking Lot. 
  • Niles Community Schools Students: August 12, 5 - 7 p.m. at Niles High School Parking Lot.
  • Coloma, Watervliet and Hagar #6 Schools Students: August 19, 4 – 6 p.m. at Coloma High School.

Backpacks will be filled with pencils or pens, markers, notebooks, folders, erasers and pencil bags. BCF will offer backpacks in two sizes suitable for either younger or older students, and each child will have the option to pick out which color bookbag they want. All backpacks and school supplies are free

In addition to the backpacks and school supplies, there will be a Mobile Food Pantry onsite. One bookbag per child present. Families are encouraged to bring school-aged children to the event so they can choose their backpack and visit with other community resources, too.


New this year is Benton Harbor Backpacks For Good sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation.

  • Students in the 49022 zip code: August 25, 3-6 p.m. at Whirlpool Riverview Campus, 600 W. Main St., Benton Harbor, in the Employee Parking Lot.


If you have any questions please email or call the BCF offices at 269-983-3304.