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 3pm on Friday afternoon and ending at 8am on 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 in Waukesha. Today, we have grown to serve approximately 1,200 children at ten elementary schools – five in waukesha and five in Oconomowoc.
We help bridge the gap for impoverished elementary school children every Friday by filling backpacks with food for the weekend. We feel fortunate to have grown from serving 25 children to 1,200 in a short period of time, but we are not ready to rest. It’s a heartbreaking fact that 4,600 children in Waukesha are hungry over the weekends.