Merrick's Annual Back to School Celebration!

Saturday August 26, 2017
1669 Arcade Street, Saint Paul

Kick off the school year at Merrick’s Annual Back to School Celebration! Join us for FREE backpack, school supply, and book distributions, games, crafts, family activities, snacks, and more! The Merrick Food Shelf will also host a fresh produce distribution!


Backpacks will be available for elementary, middle, and high school students. Limit one backpack per student. To reserve your backpack, CLICK HERE or call 651-771-9339.


Summer School Supply Drive

With your help, we can provide students with the tools that they need to succeed in the classroom this year!

Through August 20, Merrick Community Services is collecting backpacks and school supplies to distribute to kids in need on Saint Paul's East Side. All supplies will be distributed at the annual Back to School Celebration. There are several ways that you can support the School Supply Drive:

Donate Supplies

Donate new school supplies to Merrick Community Services. Most needed supplies include backpacks, notebooks, colored, pencils, flash drives, and scientific calculators.

CLICK HERE to download a complete School Supply Drive shopping list!

Supplies can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 4:30 at Merrick's offices (965 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul) or at the Merrick Food Shelf (1740 Van Dyke Street, Saint Paul). If you need help coordinating a donation, please contact Taylor Anderson at or 651-771-9339 ext. 1005.

Host a Donation Bin

Would your organization like to host a donation bin for Merrick's School Supply Drive? We will provide all of the materials that you need (including flyers, shopping lists, and a donation bin) and pick up the supplies that you collect. For more information, contact Brandon Griffin at or 651-771-9339 ext. 1014.

Make a Financial Contribution

Make a donation to support the School Supply Drive. All funds raised will be used to purchase backpacks and supplies that will be distributed to East Side students.

  • $5 buys crayons and colored pencils for an budding artist
  • $10 buys notebooks, folders, pencils, and pens for an aspiring writer
  • $20 buys a scientific calculator for a young mathematician
  • $50 buys a backpack and supplies for an elementary school student
  • $100 buys a backpack and supplies for a high school student


Make a donation today!


Volunteers are needed to help sort donations, pack backpacks, and distribute supplies at the Back to School Celebration. Volunteer shifts are available August 24-26, 2017. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Taylor Anderson at or 651-771-9339 ext. 1005.