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Back-to-School Brigade® Family Events

Back-to-School Brigade® is Operation Homefront’s annual nationwide school supply collection and distribution campaign. Service members’ eligible dependents can receive free back to school supplies, including backpacks, through this assistance program. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has distributed over 500,000 backpacks to military children saving military families nearly $55M in school expenses. Over 13 years, Dollar Tree Inc. and Operation Homefront have collected and distributed school supplies to military children each school season.

Our Back-to-School Brigade® 2022 is on the horizon. Visit our events page or join our Facebook community to find a Back-to-School Brigade® event near you.

Operation Homefront is honored to be able to provide back to school supplies free to our military families. Supplies are limited and are on a first-come, first-served registration process. Please note that these events are for DEERS enrolled military dependent children only who will be in Kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2023/2024 school year. 


  • Our collection bins can be placed in your office, store, church, or school – we will provide the signage. Just contact your local field office.
  • You can collect supplies and gift cards at your company and we will use them next year.
  • Help us distribute supplies in your area. 
  • Become a volunteer and help pick up donated school supplies from a local location (volunteer sign-up opens in early June).
  • Make a tax deductible donation to help military families through our Back-to-School Brigade® and other programs.

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information on all the great things happening at Operation Homefront.


Thank you to our partners who help make it easier for our military families to receive free back to school supplies. If you are interested in becoming a partner for this campaign or our Holiday Campaign, contact our Development Team.

Dollar Tree, Back-to-School Brigade® sponsor
Back-to-School Brigade® sponsor
Back-to-School Brigade® partner
Veterans United Home Loans

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