2022 Backpack Challenge


Thank you to everyone who donated to this year's Backpack Challenge! 

In this record-breaking year, we've collected approximately 3,300 backpacks, over 1,500 lunch bags, over $10,000 in cash and gift cards, and thousands of school supplies from WRPS members, community members, and countless organizations.

Thank you for helping us send so many children back to school with a smile!

Still looking to donate? Click on "Pick Up a Backpack" below and view the list of community organizations we're partnered with to hand out backpacks to families in need.


The Waterloo Regional Police Service is once again challenging the community to take part in its fifth annual Backpack Challenge.

The Challenge encourages residents to purchase new backpacks, lunch bags, school supplies, or gift cards to be donated to children and families in need.

More than 7,000 backpacks have been collected during the past four years, along with thousands of dollars in gift cards and school supplies. They have been donated to youth organizations and children in Waterloo Region to ensure they have an exciting back-to-school experience and are prepared for the year ahead.

“Getting a new backpack and school supplies is fun and exciting. We are reaching out to the community to help ensure that every child in Waterloo Region goes back to school feeling confident, excited, and ready to learn,” said John Goodman, Acting Chief of Police.

The Backpack Challenge will run until August 23, 2022. All donations will be delivered to community organizations throughout Waterloo Region or picked up at the Children's Safety Village by community residents.

 Donate a Backpack

You can drop off new backpacks, lunch boxes, school supplies, and gift cards at any of our police divisions by August 24, 2022. If you have a large number of backpacks to donate, contact us at 519-570-9777 ext. 8188 to make special arrangements.  


200 Maple Grove Road,
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 5M1
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

North Division
45 Columbia Street East
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4N7
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Central Division
134 Frederick St.
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4G3
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

South Division
176 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6V7
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Pick Up a Backpack

Backpack Pick Up Day at the Waterloo Regional Police Service

Thank you to everyone who registered, the event is now full.

Community Partners

We work with several community partners to help hand out backpacks. Contact a partner in your area for a backpack.

Additional locations may be added in the coming weeks. Please note: locations will not be handing out backpacks until after August 26, 2022.


Chandler Mowat Community Centre
222 Chandler Drive, Kitchener

Country Hills Community Centre
100 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener

Family and Children's Services of Waterloo Region (The Family Centre)
65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener
519-576-5040 ext. 3634

Mill Courtland Community Centre
216 Mill Street, Kitchener, ON N2M 3R2


Alison Neighbourhood Community Centre
127 Elgin Street North, Cambridge

Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre
116 Rouse Avenue, Cambridge

Kinbridge Community Association
200 Christopher Drive, Cambridge

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