Annual Backpack Program

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing.” Psalm 127:3

How To Make A Difference In The Life Of A Child

27% of Kids Attending Fairfax County Public Schools Live At Or Below The Poverty Line
Did you know that approximately 50,600 children in Fairfax County Public Schools receive free or reduced-price meals? For these families, the prospect of purchasing backpacks and supplies their children need to start the school year is stressful, especially when they are struggling with basic needs.

WFCM is partnering for the seventh year with Collect for Kids,, in a county-wide effort to ensure the neediest children in our community receive the supplies they need to succeed in school. The program is made possible through a collaboration of nonprofits working together to fill the need for backpacks, calculators, and the school supplies every kid needs to be a successful student.

Many families in our community have to make a choice between food and bills or things their children need to start the school year off right. You can make a difference by supporting WFCM’s Annual Backpack Program.

Why do backpacks matter?

    Results and research show that when adequately equipped, school children:

  • have a more positive feeling of self-worth
  • miss fewer days of school
  • are more attentive in class
  • have improved classroom behavior
  • achieve higher test scores in all academic subjects

We need your help. Please donate a new, appropriately sized, quality backpack and see how you can make a positive difference in a Fairfax County kid’s education.

    Donate New Backpacks (no wheels or corporate logos, please):

  • High School Size 20″ H × 14″ W × 8″ D (the age where our need is greatest) **
  • Middle School Size 18″ H × 13″ W × 8″ D **
  • Elementary Age Size 16″ H × 12″ W × 6″ D

** Please note: Costco sells a large, 2 compartment quality backpack from High Sierra for under $20 which will meet the needs of high school and middle school students.
You can purchase backpacks online through several vendors (Buying Guide) and have them shipped directly to WFCM! Keep in mind Virginia tax free school shopping is August 5th – 7th for your backpack purchases!

Deliver Backpacks to WFCM – July 17 – August 11th (Monday – Friday); 9:00 am – 2:00 pm to WFCM’s Office at 4511 Daly Drive, Suite J, Chantilly, VA 20151. Please bring backpacks to the back door of the Food Pantry.

Thank you for your support! Just a few of the wonderful messages we received from a few of our recipients:

“We just wanted to send a short note to express our most sincere and heartfelt “Thanks!” for helping supply these for our students and helping them start the year off on the right foot.” – Rachel DiBartello and Jenny Anderson, Lees Corner Counselors

“I would like to thank you for donating backpacks to our school. The students are so appreciative and excited for a new school year. Once again, thank you for helping Centre Ridge and our community.” – Anne Flannagan, School Counselor, Centre Ridge Elementary

If you would like to learn more about WFCM’s Annual Backpack or to find out how to help next year…

Contact Jennie Bush