National Backpack Program 2017

National Backpack Program – Be a Difference Maker

For the past 17 years, the Office Depot Foundation has donated more than 4 million sackpacks to children around the world. This summer, the Foundation, which is the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot will be donating 100,000 colorful new backpacks to nonprofit organizations Also to schools and agencies across the United States and internationally. 

 “It is our mission to make sure that every child has the right tools to achieve success in school.” Mary Wong is the president of the Office Depot Foundation. “School is challenging enough on its own! When you’re unable to come prepared with the basic essentials for learning, it’s nearly impossible. We want to give every kid a fair chance.”

National Backpack Program

To deliver backpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School celebrations. Only in select cities across the U.S. in July and August. This year, in addition to donating backpacks to children they’re offering something else. The Foundation is highlighting the importance of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs in our nation’s schools. To encourage kids to explore these important curriculum options. They’ve partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot. She will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Thousands more backpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s.  Continued partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with Food For The Poor, Feed the Children, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association. As well as the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the AARP Foundation.

The specially designed, drawstring-style backpacks come in seven bright and fun colors. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

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