Shawnee Salvation Army Capt. Jamie Clay said the nonprofit is set to hand out 600 backpacks filled with supplies next week as part of its annual program to help families prepare for going back to school.

Shawnee Salvation Army Capt. Jamie Clay said the nonprofit is set to hand out 600 backpacks filled with supplies next week as part of its annual program to help families prepare for going back to school.

In order to do that, the Women's Auxiliary hosted a salad luncheon fundraiser.

The meal Thursday provided a feast to tempt anyone's taste buds. There was a baked potato bar and Mexican-, Italian- and Chicago-style salads were available, along with a plethora of desserts.

Those who purchased tickets received discount coupons for use in the Shawnee Salvation Army Family Store at 330 E. 9th St.

Clay said the fundraiser works forward, so what was raised at the luncheon this year is actually going to be used toward next year's event.

“We have everything we ordered for this year ready,” Clay said. “It just needs to be assembled next week.”

For those who missed the event and still would like to make a donation, call (405) 275-2243, or visit salvationarmyaok.org.

Backpack distribution will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday and is open to the public. Proof of residence is required.

Watch for updates.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.