Backpacks to School

Every child and teen deserves to start the school year ready to learn. The first day of school can be one of joy and excitement for a child. For families living below the poverty level, the cost of a backpack and school supplies can be overwhelming. For children, the first day of school can be stressful as they approach the school door without the tools they need for the year. 


The Sharing Shelf launches its Backpacks to School initiative each summer to address this need. With your support, we buy new backpacks and fill them with grade appropriate school supplies customized to help children in kindergarten through high school. Local teachers shape our packing lists, ensuring our backpacks have everything a student needs. Every backpack then goes to a specific child, allowing them to start school with confidence.


The program is the primary source of backpacks for children receiving services from Westchester County’s Department of Social Services.


To volunteer for Backpacks to School backpack packing, email Covid Update - all volunteers 12 and older must be vaccinated to participate.

We welcome and rely on local businesses, community groups and individuals to help raise funds, collect supplies, then pack and distribute the backpacks. To get involved, please email Deborah Blatt, Executive Director, at

Join our list of 2021 Backpacks to School sponsors today!

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