Packing and hand-delivering backpacks filled with essential supplies
Establishing a personal connection to uplift each client that we encounter
Connecting our clients to other homeless service providers within their community
The Backpack Project, Inc. ("TBP") is a student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to packing and hand-delivering backpacks containing food, toiletries, and other necessities to those experiencing homelessness. Founded in 2015, TBP operates throughout the Southeast with a focus on Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. TBP strives to provide items of high quality to all clients, tailored to seasonal needs. In 2023, the organization will distribute its 16,000th backpack and 640,000th item.
In large part due to our sponsors, partners, and community members like you, we've been able to create marked impacts in all of our communities. We ourselves have been deeply humbled and moved by our clients. The connections and relationships we form through simple conversations with our clients inspire us to tackle homelessness with creativity and compassion.
WHAT GOES INSIDE A BACKPACK?
Each backpack contains over 30 food, toiletry, and clothing items, among other essentials. We refine the supplies in our backpacks biannually through focus groups and research conducted with our clients. We have a commitment to listening to our clients and taking their recommendations seriously, catering our backpacks to their most pressing needs.
We are able to create each backpack with 30+ high-quality items for less than $25 dollars by leveraging our connections with corporations who donate many of our supplies in-kind. In addition, we conduct biannual product sourcing research aiming to look for wholesale vendors with high utility supplies at a low cost. As a result, our backpack supplies are informed by our clients, and each individual item is further refined to be the best quality possible.