Los Angeles is home to more than 40,000 homeless men, women, and children (LAHSA, homeless count, 2015), many of who are food insecure. We believe that every person deserves to have food and hygiene supplies regardless of their housing status.
We will assemble bags of supplies to provide resources to these homeless individuals to contribute to their efforts to meet their basic needs. Our goal is to make an impact in our community by providing items that may be difficult for individuals to acquire when they lack permanent housing, such as first aid, feminine hygiene products, condoms, and a range of foods to meet a number of nutritional needs.
Along with reusable backpacks, some of the items we strive to include in our bags are:
Healthy nonperishable snack foods (bars, applesauce, trail mix, crackers with peanut butter) We always need additional snacks for people with dental problems and diabetic diets
First aid supplies
Diapers for infants
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Additional items many of us use on a daily basis
We are proud to announce our partnership with these great companies.
STATE was created to address the immediate needs of American children living with challenging – and in some cases critical - circumstances. For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack - packed with essential tools for success - to an American child in need; but our commitment goes beyond simply a material donation. STATE Bags is proud to be a Benefit Corporation, accompanied by fellow companies creating public significance by having a material, positive impact on society.
Conscious Period is an organic feminine care company on a mission to provide healthy period products for all. Offering organic tampons with BPA-free plastic applicators, we have a unique dual giving model that seeks to sustainably address the pervasive menstrual needs of women who are homeless. For every box we sell, we donate a box of organic, biodegradable pads and we employ women in need to produce those pads using local production facilities.
GoMacro believes the pursuit of health is a path of living in balance with ourselves and nature with products that have positive effects on the world. We believe in feeling good about what we eat- how it tastes, how it’s made, and how it sustains the environment. Family owned and based in a small rural community, our wholesome food maintains goodness on all levels. Small in size but big on impact, we are a big picture company. GoMacro.
Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to honoring the vision of our founder Dr. E.H. Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating our profits to help make a better world. ALL-ONE!
EO Products creates hand crafted, botanical, and essential oil beauty products with the purpose of enhancing the quality of every day life. Our great passion is to bring style, innovation, joy, and conscience to the world through our actions and two brands: EO® and Everyone™.
The L.A. Condom program is a public education campaign by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP). Our mission is to prevent and control HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in partnership with the communities of Los Angeles County.
PURELL remains one of the most recognizable brands in the world. It defines the hand sanitizer category and is the brand most preferred by doctors, professionals and consumers everywhere to safely clean and refresh their hands.
At Eco Lips, we are passionate about creating organic products and supporting an active sustainable lifestyle. We want to share what excites, educates and entertains us and would love to hear what you are passionate about. The Best Lip Balm for the World. Non-GMO. Certified Organic. Fair Trade Certified. Certified B Corporation. Made in Iowa.
Bombas are game-changing socks that have to be felt to be believed. We set out to rethink a product that is an afterthought for most people. Athletic shoes have advanced tremendously in the last 20 years. Socks still look and feel exactly the same. Bombas was born out of a mission to help those in need. We're committed to making our community where we live and work a better place with every pair of socks we sell. These two ideas are the pillars behind Bombas.
We are a Minnesota home grown company started with the belief that our skin needs products made with nature's ingredients to stay healthy & beautiful. Our products contain the finest nurturing, safe & organic ingredients combined with herbal infusions & pure essential oils which restore the balance of both physical and mental well being. Purple Prairie Botanicals has always believed in the protection and sustainability of our natural world and the delicate systems which balance all life as we know it. When purchasing our raw materials, we only work with American companies that lead the industry in environmental stewardship and adhere to strict principles and protocols that ensure fair treatment and compensation for the people involved with the production of our ingredients. This includes organic farming and fair trade practices.
Click here to see our list of donors.
Thanks to all our donors for going above and beyond to support our Indiegogo campaign. We were able to raise over $3000 in funds. But more importantly we made connections with great companies who have donated their products to our bags.
If you would like to make a one time donation please do so below.
If you would like to donate monthly and become a sustaining donor select the amount you would like to donate monthly and then click the donate button below.
Giving Back Packs is a 501 (c)(3) non profit here in Los Angeles. We welcome all non perishable food and hygiene products. Please see our contact us section for where you can send your donations. If you don't have goods to donate then consider donating with the button above. $25 can fully fund a bag for a homeless individual. Give what you can no amount is too small.
Items we are always in need of include: healthy snack foods, water, soft candies, lip balm and sunblock, condoms, and socks
Amanda Yoshioka-Maxwell has always felt that service to others is an important part of her life. Ever since she was a child she has volunteered with homeless communities and animal rescues, finding immense fulfillment, not only in helping others, but bringing awareness to the issues impacting all members of our communities. One of her first jobs as an undergrad at USC was spent distributing sack lunches and service referrals to individuals in the community experiencing homelessness or food insecurity, and she has focused her work and research on issues related to risk factors impacting homeless youth and adults.
Amanda has her MSW and is finishing a PhD at USC in the School of Social Work. Her work and research over the past 15 years has focused on harm reduction for a variety of issues impacting homeless communities. She has engaged in clinical and research-based work with homeless adults, adolescents, and foster youth. Her goal in starting Giving Back Packs was to address some of the gaps in access to food and hygiene products among those homeless adults who do not utilize services on a daily basis. She hopes to impact the struggle that so many people experience; daily acquisition of food and hygiene supplies.
In her spare time, Amanda is an avid (compulsive) runner and loves spending time outdoors, trail running, hiking, and camping. She is an obsessive dog parent, amazing wife, proficient baker, and overall homebody.