Are you or your group interested in collecting in-kind donations for BPB? If so, please see below the food, comfort and clothing items we use in each of our programs. We are happy to provide donation boxes, pamphlets and guidance to make any drive a success.  Please contact us at admin@backpackbeginnings.org to coordinate.

*Need to drop off donations?  We are proud to partner with Bizi Kidz at 2500 Battleground Ave. and Pigtails and Crewcuts at 1615 Westover Terrace for a convenient location to drop off in-kind donations (only small amounts at these partners please), in addition to our office at 3711 Alliance Dr. Greensboro.

Jan. 2023 – March 2023
 
 
 
We are most in need of the following food, clothing, comfort and baby items.  Our most urgent needs are in italics.  
 
 

FOOD PROGRAMS   (please check expiration dates)

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Chef Boyardee
  • Canned Chicken
  • Individual Oatmeal packets

COMFORT BACKPACK PROGRAM

  • Crayons 24 pack
  • Large School BackPacks
  • Playing cards
  • Shampoo – Full sized 
  • New Blanket – Throw sized 50″ x 60″

CLOTHING PANTRY PROGRAM

  • Newborn – 4T Clothing
  • Children’s Coats – Infant – size 16/18
  • Shoes- infant and childrens’ sizes
  • New Men’s boxer briefs in  M, L and XL
 
PERSONAL CARE PANTRY
  • Full sized Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Adult sized toothbrushes
  • Hair Product for various hair types
  • Lotion
 
BOOK BEGINNINGS
  • New or gently used board books for 0-2 year olds
  • Non English Books
  • Multicultural Books with diverse characters
  • Chapter books for Elementary and Middle School students (Fun reads)

BABY ITEMS

  • Formula in 12.5 oz cans: Neosure, Similac, and Gerber Good Start Formula
  • Diapers: Sizes 4, 5 and 6
  • Pull Ups- all sizes
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby shampoo

Kid Bag Items

We directly purchase a majority of the Kid Bag food from Second Harvest Food Bank. But to offset costs, we also assemble food bags in our office with donated food. All donated food items must be kid-friendly, single servings and shelf-stable.

Donations needed for our Kid Bag Program include:

    • 7.5 oz, microwavable bowl meals (such as Chef Boyardee)
    • Fruit cups (please no applesauce)
    • Individually boxed cereals (no large boxes; low-sugar please)
    • Shelf-stable, individual boxes of white milk
    • Nut-free individually wrapped snacks
    • Cheese and cracker packets (please no peanut butter)
    • Individually boxed raisins

Assemble your own bags of food for us

Family Bag Items

We rely on food donations to stock our Family Bag Program. All donated food items should be non-perishable, healthy and not in glass containers.

Donations needed for our Family Bag Program include:

    • Low Sodium Canned Soups
    • Canned Fruit
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Canned Beans
    • Dried Pastas
    • Rice
    • Spaghetti Sauce
    • Macaroni and Cheese
    • Canned Tuna
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly
    • Low Sugar Cereals
    • Oatmeal
    • Grits
    • Granola Bars

Suggested grocery items

We aim to reduce our Comfort BackPack Program costs by filling our backpacks with as many donated items as possible. Your donations allow us serve more children in traumatic situations.

Items needed for our Comfort BackPacks include:

  • Backpack (new/gently used)
  • Folder (with pockets)
  • Pen (blue or black ink)
  • Pencil
  • Spiral Notebook (full size)
  • Body Wash/Soap (full size)
  • Brush or comb (new)
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo (full size)
  • Toothbrush (individual pack)
  • Toothpaste (full size)
  • Tissues (individual packs)
  • Washcloth/Loofah
  • Age Appropriate Book (new/gently used)
  • Coloring Book /Activity Book (e.g. crosswords/Suduko/word searches)
  • Crayons
  • Small Blanket/Throw (new/gently used)
  • Socks (new)
  • Toy (new/gently used; 1 piece; e.g. doll, car, playing cards, stickers)
  • Stuffed Animal (new/gently used)
Assemble your own Comfort Backpack 

Most of our Clothing Pantry items come from generous donations. Please help us keep our clothing pantries stocked for children in need.

Donations accepted for our Clothing Pantry:

  • Daily Wear Clothing: new or gently used for newborns through high school aged children
  • Standard Mode of Dress (SMOD) Clothing for K-12: khaki, navy, or black pants, shorts, skirts and jumpers as well as collared shirts with the following colors in greatest demand – white, blue, black, green, gray, pink, and yellow
  • New or gently used shoes for all ages, particularly for elementary children
  • New or gently used coats, gloves, and scarves
  • New or gently used belts
  • New underwear and socks