Back-to-School Backpacks and School Supplies

PROBLEM: Many young students in our county struggle to have the basic school supplies they need. SOLUTION: You! And our amazingly giving community! In 2021, thanks to support from people like you, we provided 250 backpacks to school students. It was so popular that we increased the number to 500 in 2022. In 2023, we wanted to make it even better. We asked a number of local nonprofit and government agencies how many backpacks they might want to distribute if we could get them. The total was 1,900. What an order! But thanks to the generous sponsors listed below, the support of so many in our community, and all of the agencies that want to help get them out to kids, we are collectively getting 3,236 backpacks filled with school supplies into the hands of Monroe County students! What a great display of the power of community!

Here is a list of public distribution sites, days, and times. Please note that many distributions are only for children in specific programs at each nonprofit or agency.

Those looking for backpacks elsewhere may be able to get them at other agencies but may be required to be a registered client. These include Monroe County Children and Youth Services in Stroudsburg, PVEN Food Pantry in the West End, Salvation Army in Stroudsburg, YMCA in Stroudsburg, Bushkill Outreach Clothing Closet in Bushkill, and Angels and Dragonflies. Please contact your local agency to inquire.

This program would not be possible without the generosity of all of our sponsors!

Aetna Better Health
Blue Ridge Cable
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Monroe County Trasit Authority
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
St. Lukes Hospital – Monroe Campus
Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs
Rotary District 7410