Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack® connects children in need with a new backpack filled with grade-specific school supplies.

At the end of every summer, children in your community are beginning their race toward educational success…A full mile away from the starting line.

When a family is living paycheck to paycheck, children learn to make do with what they have– even if that means returning to school without the supplies they need to succeed.

But this year won’t be that way. Because this year there’s you… and Operation Backpack®.
It’s not just about paper, pens, or binders– it’s about giving the gift of opportunity in school and life that many children will not receive otherwise.

Your donation to Operation Backpack is a game changer.

Every new backpack filled with supplies helps in-need students succeed in school. Because of you, they will be able to focus on their studies, confident and ready to learn.

Collect Supplies

Purchase a new backpack and school supplies using the list below -OR- shop online through our online wish list and have the supplies delivered directly to VOADV.

Drop Off Deadline: August 16

Stephen A. Shultz Program Development and Training Center
235 White Horse Pike
Collingswood, NJ 08107

Operation Mini Golf

Help children in need get a brand new backpack stuffed with supplies to start the school year off right! With mini golf, a driving range, s’mores stations, food, drink, and more, OMG is a family friendly event for all!

Thursday, September 12, 2024 – 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Jersey Devil Golf and Fun Center
276 S NJ-73
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Host a Drive

Using the supply list above, collect supplies with your community or organization!

For more details on setting up a drive, contact Stephanie Frost at (609) 313-1478 or

If your organization is interested in learning about other ways of supporting Operation Backpack, please reach out to Alexis Degan at


School supplies are an ongoing need and if you’d like to provide assistance into the school year you can donate directly and let us shop for supplies for the students.

Thank you to our partners for supporting Operation Backpack:

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