Backpacks to School

Every child 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 low-income children, the first day can be one of stress as they approach the school door, without the tools they need to start the year.  For low-income families and those living below the poverty level, the cost of new school supplies is out of reach. 


The Sharing Shelf launches its Backpacks to School initiative each summer to address this need. We buy new backpacks and fill them with grade appropriate school supplies, customized to help children in kindergarten through high school. Local teachers helped shape our supply lists and each bag contains the core requirements a student needs. Every backpack goes to a specific child, allow her or him 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.

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

We would like to thank the following sponsors of our 2020 Backpacks to School Program:

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