Fill a Backpack

Helping Kids in Need Succeed!

Every new backpack filled with supplies you donate helps a local student in need.

Operation Backpack supports youth living in shelters, transitional housing and foster youth throughout Northern California.

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 (Kindergarten - 6th Grade)
  • Middle/High School (7th - 12th Grade)

To make sure we can get the backpacks & supplies to kids in time for school, all donations must be dropped-off by July 26, 2019.

You'll be helping kids in no time:

  1. Download the Supply Lists for ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and MIDDLE/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) 327-4100
Sacramento: Ana Bankert abankert@voa-ncnn.org | (916) 265-3966