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Backpacks For The Street is currently operating during the Coronavirus pandemic as an “essential service” throughout NYC and its five boroughs bringing food, backpacks and COVID-fighting supplies (as well as sleeping bags, blankets, coats, etc …) to the unsheltered living on the street.

To ensure everyone’s safety, we have implemented stringent measures including mandatory mask wearing, hand sanitizing (gloves are available for volunteers who prefer them) and limiting our teams to four or five volunteers per area for social distancing and proper protocol. Click here to register.

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BFTS is an inclusive organization, providing a safe space for its volunteers and clients, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, religion, politics, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, disability or musical tastes.

We have a zero tolerance policy regarding harassment, discrimination and bullying  of any kind, as well as any inappropriate behavior or contact, especially of a sexual nature, or verbal abuse.

Because we are working at a faster pace and on a rolling schedule there is no sign up sheet. We currently have a minimum of six to nine outings every week, plus two packing and assembling shifts. To be kept informed please register and our volunteer coordinator will reach out.

If you have any questions, email us at


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