The Salvation Army is already preparing for back-to-school. Soon, hundreds of kids in the Greater Mankato area will be headed back to school. Instead of providing school supplies we will be distributing backpack, sneakers and certificates for school clothes. 

The Mankato Salvation Army will be screening K-12 students attending Blue Earth County or North Mankato schools (no preschool/no college) back to school necessities free of charge on Thursday August 5th from 11am – 3pm.


This program requires parents/guardians to show a government issued ID and proof of government assistance, such as an EBT or UCare card as well as provide the names, birthdates, and school the child will be attending to be eligible for one pair of gently used sneakers per child from the Shoe Truck, one new or gently used backpack from Community Bank while supplies last, $20 per household to the Family Store for tops & bottoms, and a FREE beef hotdog from the Pelican Food Truck.


This event was made possible by grant funds from Consolidated Communications and the United Way.