Bridging the Weekend Gap
MISSION: Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.
In 2012 we founded the Waukesha County Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack to bring this mission to life . . . in our own backyard. We are a self-funded, local chapter of the national organization, Blessings in a Backpack. The weekend gap beginning at 3:00 Friday afternoon and ending at 8:00 Monday morning, is a time that many children of struggling families go hungry.
In 2012, we started bridging the gap by serving 25 students at Hadfield Elementary School in Waukesha. Today, we have grown to serve approximately 900 children at four Waukesha elementary schools. We help bridge the gap for impoverished elementary school children every Friday by filling their backpacks with food for the weekend. We feel fortunate to have grown from serving 25 children to 900 in a few short years, but are not ready to rest. It's a heart-breaking fact that 4,600 children in Waukesha are hungry over the weekends.
Help us bridge the gap.
Volunteers at Work
We are currently at work serving four elementary schools in Waukesha County, Wisconsin: Hadfield, Banting, Blair, and Lowell. During the week we do many things, from meeting with civic groups to raise awareness of hunger in our community to planning ways to expand our reach to more children and more schools. None of this eclipses our Friday work and the blessings that work sends home with children. Rain or shine and snow permitting, we meet at each of the schools weekly. We then discreetly provide these children with food for the weekend.