Fill a Backpack

Each backpack is filled with grade-specific school supplies to ensure homeless students are just as prepared to succeed as their classmates!

Every backpack given to a child through Operation Backpack® is filled with brand new school supplies according to the child's grade, so that these children look and feel just like their classmates. For example, high-schoolers get a dictionary, thesaurus and scientific calculator in addition to the usual school supplies. The youngest children receive watercolors, washable markers, drawing pads and all the supplies they need. Children who might be preparing to take geometry receive a protractor, compass and graph paper.

We have compiled lists to make your shopping easier! There are four grade-specific supply lists linked below. Please consider donating a filled backpack or two. Choose a grade, download the supply list and fill a backpack! We ask that you label it with the appropriate grade and note on the label if any supplies are missing.

If you have children of your own, consider engaging them in the process.

We are always in need of certain supplies, and would particularly appreciate donations of academic planners, calculators, USB flash drives and subject dividers.

If you would like to organize an Operation Backpack® drive at your company, club, camp, school or place of worship, please contact us.

To learn more, email operationbackpacknyc@voa-gny.org.