Helping America's most vulnerable.

Fill a Backpack


Helping Kids in Need Succeed

Every new backpack filled with supplies you give to Operation BackpackĀ® helps at-risk kids succeed in school. Our goal for 2017 is 12,000 packs!

Because they no longer have to worry if they will have the tools needed for class, they can focus on their studies, confident and prepared to learn.

Use our downloadable supply lists, and know that every filled backpack is one more life changed. These lists are based on consultation with regional schools to make sure students have all the tools they need for the appropriate grade level:

  • Elementary School (Pre-K/Kindergarten - 4th Grade)
  • Middle School (5th - 8th Grade)
  • High School (9th - 12th Grade)

To make sure we can get the backpacks and supplies to kids in time for school, all donations must be dropped-off during before July 28, 2017.

You'll be helping kids in no time:

  1. Download the Supply Lists for ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, and/or HIGH SCHOOL.
  2. Go to the store to get a new backpack and school supplies.
  3. Fill the backpack with the requested grade specific supplies!
  4. Fill out your contact information and place the school supply list inside your backpack.
  5. Locate your nearest Drop Location to donate.
  6. Don't forget to post a photo and encourage others to get involved on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #VOAncnn #OperationBackpack


You can also organize your own team donation drive at your company, club, camp, school, or place of worship, let us know! Visit the Organize a Drive page to learn more.

Regional Contact Information

Bay Area: Cynthia Shane Smith csmith@voa-ncnn.org | (510) 325-1107
Reno-Sparks, NV: Linda Grace lgrace@voa-ncnn.org | (775) 322-7143
Sacramento: Elyse Duenas eduenas@voa-ncnn.org | (916) 265-3978