Office Depot and the National Backpack Program

I received the sack pack to help me understand the program. All thoughts are my own.


School is just around the corner for us. Some kids have already started. And all over my Facebook feed and when I am talking to other parents is how expensive it is to buy back to school products. And I feel it too. With 3 kids in school, 2 of which are high schoolers, the amount I spend on supplies is insane.

I am lucky. My life has gotten better but it wasn’t that many years ago that buying back to school supplies often meant NOT paying a few other bills. Leaving me playing catch up for months. For some parents, that isn’t even an option. Once they get behind, there is no catching up.

Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program

The Office Depot is making a difference to change this with The Office Depot Foundation and its National Backpack Program. It has been helping families for the past 12 years has provided more than 2.9 million backpacks to children around the world.

Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program


This year is the 13th anniversary of the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program. They will be donating 300,000 backpacks with essential school supplies to deserving children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. By the end of 2013, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have donated more than 3 million backpacks and sackpacks since the program began in 2001. But while these numbers are very large, the sackpacks make an impact on a singular level − one child at a time.


Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program

With the sack packs comes a small but helpful pencil bag with a few supplies in it. Every bit helps make one less thing to buy. And coming from someone who knows, we always used things like this. We saved pencils we received from parties and goodie bags, or given to the kids at fairs. It was less that we needed to buy. Each zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, 6” ruler and four crayons. They do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings, which help kids not feel concerned about their bags.

Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program

Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program


I hope you will head over to Office Depot and help support a great company giving back to kids in need.



  1. There are more and more kids in need each year! I love to see companies paying it forward!
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  2. Now that is pretty cool of Office Depot to be so active in getting backpacks to kids. And that is a lot of backpacks! They are amazing. My opinion of them just went up quite a bit.
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  3. I was at a community event last week where bags just like this were handed out! I wonder if it was part of this program….how awesome of Office Depot!

  4. That is such a great thing they are doing! There are so many families in need, and what a perfect store to be doing this. I love to see when companies to things to help those who need it. Thank you for sharing!
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  5. What a wonderful cause. I love that they are giving back.
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  6. This is very touching. I think companies all need to have a “Bigger purpose” mission like this!
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  7. Jenna Wood says:

    I think it is great Office Depot gives back like this, every bit really does help!

  8. That is a really great thing Office Depot is doing – every kids deserves a great start!
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