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 isn’t a gift – it’s a game changer.

Collect Supplies

Every student will start the school year off stronger with these specific items: 

We’re happy to accept these items on their own, or if you’d like to complete a backpack for a specific grade level please refer to the lists below. Supplies can be dropped of at:

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

Host a Drive

Collect supplies with your community or organization! Check the wish lists below to see the school supplies needed for each grade level. 

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


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 here.

Thank you to our partners for supporting Operation Backpack:

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