2023 Backpack Challenge

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

With an increase in demand for support for families throughout Waterloo Region, we’re launching our Backpack Challenge earlier than ever this year to ensure those who need support, get support.

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 10,000 backpacks have been collected over the past five years, along with thousands of dollars in gift cards and school supplies. All of the items 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.

“Heading back to class is an exciting time for many and the Backpack Challenge helps to ensure that families in need have one less thing to worry about,” said Mark Crowell, Chief of Police. “We are grateful for all those who have donated in the past and look forward to once again taking part in a campaign that helps send children back to the classroom with a smile.”

The Backpack Challenge will run until August 18, 2023. All donations will be delivered to community organizations throughout Waterloo Region.

Donations can be dropped off at any of our divisions:

  • Headquarters, 200 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge
  • North Division, 45 Columbia Street East, Waterloo
  • Central Division, 134 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • South Division, 176 Hespeler Road, Cambridge

 Donate a Backpack

You can drop off new backpacks, lunch boxes, school supplies, and gift cards at any of our police divisions by August 18, 2023. If you have a large number of backpacks to donate, contact us at publicinfo@wrps.on.ca or 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

Community Partners

This year, we are working with several community partners to help hand out backpacks. There are a variety of dates and locations to choose from. Once you have registered, you may proceed to pick-up a backpack on the date and time you have selected.

Due to high demand and current supply, registration is now closed.

Contact Us

How Do I...