Operation Backpack


There are more than 24,000 children living in New York City's homeless shelters1One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it can have on a child’s education. Homeless families, who struggle to cover the basics of food and shelter, often view school supplies as a luxury they can't afford.

Since 2002, the goal of Operation Backpack® has been to ensure every child in a New York City homeless or domestic violence shelter begins the school year with a new backpack filled with grade-specific supplies. Last year, thanks to the support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners, we distributed a record-breaking 18,400 

But the number of children living in NYC's homeless shelters has increased and they need your help-- join us this summer for Operation Backpack® 2015 and help a child go to school prepared and confident, looking and feeling more like his or her classmates.

1NYC Dept. of Homeless Services website, as of 2/23/15

Questions about Operation Backpack? Email

Questions about becoming a sponsor?
Rachel Weinstein, VP/Chief Development and Communications Officer
(212) 496-4305 


Watch Kevin Bacon's Tough Day:

Watch Spokesperson Paige Davis explain the impact of Operation Backpack:

Watch volunteers from HSBC and Duane Reade helping out at Sort Week: