Operation Backpack has been distributing backpacks and school supplies to children in the Northfield School District since 1993. The Community Action Center identifies the recipients and helps to coordinate the distribution. In 1993, 175 children were served; in 2011, 520 children from 279 families benefited from the program. The program expenses have increased each year as the need has grown. If you would like to help by making a financial contribution, it can be sent to Operation Backpack, PO Box 804, Northfield, MN. Families who wish to apply for the program should contact the Community Action Center at 664-3550.