Backpacks For The Street is a 501c3 public charity bringing compassion and dignity to people living on the streets, by providing backpacks filled with life necessities, including: food, clothing, toiletries, hygiene products, and handbooks with local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, and much more.
Since March 2018, BFTS has given out more than 2,500 backpacks, 16,000 feminine hygiene products, 8,000 Mylar blankets and given out over 1,300 meals.
Backpacks For The Street’s Free Breakfast For The Homeless.
Homelessness in New York City is at an all-time high, ranking number one as the most homeless-populated city in the U.S., accounting for 14% of the nation’s homeless population.
Nearly 71,000 people are living in NYC shelters nightly, including 22,511 children, up 82% from 10 years ago.
That does not include the 5,000-plus men and women living on the street.
Backpacks For The Street operates with one mantra, “a person’s circumstances does not make them any less worthy of kindness and compassion, or to be treated with dignity and respect.”
Homelessness doesn’t take a sick day, holiday or snow day. Nor do we. It is 24/7, and we are out there every day. A backpack gives people hope. It lets people know they’re not invisible; they are not alone.
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Instagram photos of BFTS in action!