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, while the youngest children receive watercolor paint sets, washable markers and drawing pads. 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 (updated for 2017). Please consider donating a filled backpack or two. Choose a grade, download the supply list and fill a new backpack! We ask that you label it with the appropriate grade and note on the label if any supplies are missing.

Our public drop-off locations will begin collecting backpacks and supplies on July 10, 2017.


If you have children of your own, engage 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. Please consider adopting a product.

If you would like to organize an Operation Backpack® drive at your company, school or place of worship, please email us at operationbackpacknyc@voa-gny.org.