Backpacks For The Street

bringing compassion, dignity and hope to the homeless

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NYC Nonprofit Gives Backpacks To Homeless

Volunteers of Backpacks For The Street pack items like first aid kits, water, socks, toothpaste and snacks into colorful backpacks and distribute them to the homeless people of New York City.

With teams of volunteers, BFTS has helped more than 52,000 unsheltered individuals by providing food and life saving services throughout the COVID pandemic.

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Meet Some Of The People We Help


FRANKIE: It may look like our volunteer is the giant in the photo, but the guy in the chair is bigger and braver than most of us, refusing to let adversity win over his determination to live life on his terms.


BRIAN: Gay, HIV+ and homeless, 33-year old Bryan is struggling on the streets scared of going into a shelter, scared of the unknown and unsure how to get meds and care. That was until we stepped in to help.


LARRY: When we first met Larry it was a week into the pandemic. He assumed we were in the same food insecure state as he was and offered to share the only food he had — a half a bagel — with us “because we all deserve something to eat,” he told us.

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STEVIE: Barely 30, she’s been surviving on the streets having ended up homeless just after her 8 year old daughter’s death in 2020. A year later, with our help, she got sober and into shelter by 2022.

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