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McDonald's gives away free backpacks this Saturday

McDonald’s and its restaurant owner/operators in the Twin Cities Co-Op are helping families get ready for school by giving away a total of 20,000 backpacks at nearly 200 participating restaurants in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. 

“Backpack Saturday” will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at several McDonald's locations, including the one in Hastings, located at 1340 South Frontage Road.

The first 100 school-age children (K-8) who are accompanied by a parent that morning at each participating restaurant will receive a voucher to redeem for a free backpack. No purchase is required. Twin Cities Co-Op President and owner/operator Paul Ostergaard encourages families to arrive early at their local McDonald’s because the free offer is only good while supplies last.  When the participating restaurants run out of backpacks (each will have approximately 100), children in line will be given a coupon, redeemable at a later date, for a free McDonald’s meal.

Ostergaard says “Backpack Saturday” is part of the Co-op’s ongoing commitment to local education and school programs.

“We wanted to give parents something practical to help their children get organized for another school year,” Ostergaard said. “We feel the more prepared children are for school, the more likely they’ll succeed in the classroom, and we’re excited to do this for families in our communities.”


The McDonald’s Twin Cities Co-op is also a proud sponsor of the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award, Education Minnesota, Minnesota State High School League and Reading Rocks (Clear Channel’s reading rewards program for students in more than 300 Minnesota schools).

Look for more information and updates on “Backpack Saturday” on the Twin City Co-op’s Twitter handle @McD_Minnesota and #BackpackSaturday.