2024 Backpacks & Supplies

Why is Operation Backpack® unique?

We put respect for children at the center of Operation Backpack® by purchasing top quality school supplies and a variety of backpacks to ensure they cannot be distinguished as “shelter backpacks.”

Our supply lists for each grade grouping are based on the requirement lists from 30+ public schools. We make sure children receive their backpacks and supplies before the first day of school, instead of distributing them at school where students could feel embarrassed or identified as “in need.”

School Supply Lists

Kindergarten & Elementary

Composition notebooks (3)
Drawing pad (1)
Pocket folders (3)
Pencil pouch (1)
Pencils (2)
Crayons (1 pack)
Markers (1 pack)
Paint set (1 set)
Eraser (1)
White glue (1)
Glue stick (1)
Safety scissors (1)
Colored pencils (1 pack)

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Middle & High School

3-ring binder (1)
Pocket folders (6)
Spiral notebooks (3)
Composition Notebooks (3)
Graph paper (1)
Pencil pouch (1)
Pencils (2)
Pens (2)
Highlighters (2)
Colored pencils (1 pack)
Markers (1 pack)
Glue stick (1)
Ruler (1)
Index cards (1 pack)
Post-it Notes (1 pack)

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Backpack Donations

All backpacks must be:

  • Brand new
  • School-sized
    • Kindergarten & Elementary: 15 inches minimum
    • Middle & High School: 17 inches minimum
  • High quality, made of sturdy material with padded straps and strong zippers

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Help children experiencing homelessness thrive in school and beyond!

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