Free Backpacks at AZ McDonalds 2014 (State-Wide) ~ Saturday, July 26th & Paidia Academy (only 16th St. & Baseline)


You have two shots at free backpacks on Saturday, July 26th.  The first one is state-wide, at participating McDonald’s locations.

McDonald’s Backpack Saturday: July 26
McDonald’s restaurants across greater Phoenix, Yuma and Northern Arizona will give away 25,000 free backpacks beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, during Backpack Saturday, an event created by local McDonald’s owner/operators to help thousands of Arizona children get ready for school! 

The first 100 children (accompanied by parents) who visit their local McDonald’s restaurant will receive a FREE backpack (excludes Wal-Mart and shopping mall McDonald’s locations). Children will also receive a FREE Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry Yogurt in celebration of McDonald’s new Happy Meal choice.


The rep assured me about the locations, when I asked . . .  “All McDonald’s restaurants (except shopping mall and Wal-mart locations) in the following counties are participating in McDonald’s Backpack Saturday next Saturday, July 26: Maricopa, La Paz, Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, Apache, Graham, Pinal and Yuma.”



I saw this on Food City’s Facebook page a few days ago.  I’ll give you a reminder later, but wanted to let you plan, if you want to.

We will be having a Back to School Event on Saturday, July 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon, at Paideia Academy in Phoenix (16th Street and Baseline). During this FREE event, we will have the Phoenix Fire Department offering immunization shots, information of Child Carseat Safety, Smoke Alarm Program and FREE Backpacks!

I don’t know any other details than this.  Hope it’s a good event!


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5 Responses to “Free Backpacks at AZ McDonalds 2014 (State-Wide) ~ Saturday, July 26th & Paidia Academy (only 16th St. & Baseline)”

  • Carol says:

    Not to be a downer, and obviously since I haunt this website (lol) I love a bargain….but please keep in mind that these are really meant for “underprivileged” kids……the ones that without this program simply wouldn’t get a backpack because their parents can’t afford it. There will be a LOT of inexpensive backpacks for sale in the next few weeks…..if you can afford to buy one, please consider leaving these very limited resources to those that absolutely can’t afford it.

    Obviously, it’s up to each of us to decide whether we can afford something or not, and we all love to save money…..but free soda or free snacks or free burgers….those are things that are not going to be taken by you at the detriment of someone who maybe needs it a bit more than you do.

    I know I’ve not said this as well as I should and I’m NOT trying to tell anyone they don’t deserve a great deal…..but please think about what I poorly worded above. Thank you.

    (and those wondering where I am coming from… husband was injured and out of work for 2 years with various surgeries, therapy the whole 9 yards….and our savings was gone before the first year…..and the ONLY way that my kids got things like Christmas gifts and school supplies was programs like this. Their Christmas was all practical for all 3 of those years (took us more than another year to get back on our feet). No toys, no fun, but something to open. We homeschooled but had to send them to school so I could work, but having been out of the workforce so long I earned barely over minimum wage….not quite enough to support a family of 6 with any extras. Not to bore you, just to again, ask that you think about this very limited resource offer.

    Thank you for reading.

    • Juli says:

      I’ll be honest and say that I have mixed feelings about posting things like this. I chose not to post about free breakfasts at schools in the summer. I can’t even exactly say why. Often, I “feel” my way through what I feel is good to post and what I don’t. I don’t have a strict set of guidelines. In this case, a representative from McDonald’s (probably an ad agency) contacted me and asked me to post it. I know they want to get the word out and I hope the right people show up and get them. I appreciate your comment and perspective, after going through the financial struggles you did. That must have been very hard on your whole family. It’s really hard — being a website that provides information to all types of people from very needy to very wealthy. Like you said, I hope people will be wise and consider if this is a “deal” for them or not. Thanks for your valuable input!

  • heather says:

    I used to live in that neck of the woods, and there is no food city on 16 st and baseline! There’s one around central and baseline. I go over that way once a week .my mother n law is over that way!

    • Juli says:

      It’s not at Food City, but at the Paideia Academy. I changed the title, to make it less confusing. The text said that, though. Thanks for helping keep it clear!

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