The Pettengill House, Inc.

21 Water Street, Suite 4A, Amesbury, MA 01913

The Pettengill House Food Pantry

13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA 01952

Phone:  (978) 463-8801


Nonprofit Community Social Service Agency

Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack is an annual summer backpack and school supply drive for students pre-k through 12th grade. This supplemental basic needs program is an integral part of our School Linked Services.  The goal of Operation Backpack is to ensure that EVERY student can attend school ready to learn.

Operation Backpack 2022

How can I donate?

Donations are welcome at the Pettengill House Pantry (13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA) during our weekly donation hours on Fridays 8-noon.  Donations can also be dropped off at the following locations throughout the community:

Institution for Savings (150 Main St.)
Stone Ridge Properties (20 Market St.)
Amesbury Library
Eclipx Salon (72A Haverhill Rd.)

Institution for Savings (7 Bridge Rd)
Newburyport Bank (Crossroads Plaza)
Salisbury Library
Newburyport Bank (27 High Rd.)
Arthur S. Page Insurance Agency (57 State St.)
Institution for Savings (93 State St. and 68 Storey Ave)
Newburyport Bank (63 State St and 21 Storey Ave)
BankProv (66 Storey Ave)

If you would prefer to shop school supplies online, visit our Operation Backpack 2022 Wish List on Amazon and have your donation shipped directly to Pettengill House.  We encourage you to include your name and address in the gift note so we can say thanks!

You can also donate online and note "Operation Backpack" in the comment box, or mail a check to The Pettengill House, Inc., 21 Water Street, Ste. 4A, Amesbury, MA 01913 and note "Operation Backpack" on the memo line.  Donations of gift cards to stores that sell school supplies (i.e. Walmart, Staples, etc.) are also a big help.  We greatly appreciate your donation!


How can I receive assistance with backpacks and school supplies for my children this year?

Please give us a call at (978) 463-8801.  If you are already a client, we will ask you a few questions and schedule an appointment for you to pick up backpacks and supplies.  If you are a pantry client, you can sign up at your regular pantry appointment beginning in August.  Operation Backpack appointments will begin in the second half of August.

If you are not yet a client, we will schedule an intake appointment with one of our social work staff to see how we can best assist you with school supplies as well as other needs.

Phone:  (978) 463-8801

Fax:  (978) 463-8743

The Pettengill House, Inc.

21 Water Street, Suite 4A

Amesbury, MA 01913

The Pettengill House Food Pantry

13 Lafayette Road (Rte. 1)

Salisbury, MA 01952