Support Our Students When They Need It Most

After a year of remote learning, students are headed back to the classroom – but with that, comes a long shopping list of necessary supplies. A new backpack, pens and pencils and countless other supplies are getting students prepared for the upcoming year, but these did not need to be a priority when class was taking place online. However, as students readjust to the classroom, being prepared with the right supplies is more important than ever.

For many students in our programs, the seemingly endless list of supplies can be impossible to tackle. With the uncertainty of COVID presenting challenges on top of those already faced, these students are beginning their race towards educational success a full mile away from the starting line.

That is where Operation Backpack comes in. This program connects students in need with a new backpack filled with grade-specific school supplies. While being prepared with the right supplies is a game changer, Operation Backpack is about giving the gift of opportunity in school and life that many children will not receive otherwise.

From Somerset to Cape May county, Philadelphia to Atlantic City and between, we serve students of all ages. Whether it is an elementary-aged child, high school student or adult continuing their education, Operation Backpack makes a difference.

We currently have a client moving out of our shelter into on-campus housing at his college – where he received a full scholarship. When given the right tools to help them succeed, these students flourish.

To help support a local student’s education and get their school year started off strong, visit You can select a pre-filled backpack, or choose items to build the pack yourself. All donations will be shipped as one to VOADV so that we can get them to the students.