About Us

Our Mission

Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on weekends during the school year for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

The weekend gap, beginning at 3pm on Friday and ending at 8am on Monday, is a time that many children of struggling families go hungry.


In Our Own Backyard

In 2012, we started bridging the gap by serving 25 students at Hadfield elementary in Waukesha. Today, we have grown to serve nearly 1,600 children at 20 elementary schools – 7 in Sussex, 7 in Waukesha and 6 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 1,600 in a short period of time, but we are not ready to rest. It’s a heartbreaking fact that 4,600 children in Waukesha County are hungry over the weekends.

Our local chapter is fully responsible for securing funds to support our local mission and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

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A look at what we do for hungry kids in Waukesha County.

Help us Bridge the Gap – Volunteer!

With over 4,600 children in Waukesha County eligible for free or reduced lunches, the group wants to continue to grow so that we can reach more of the hungry kids right in our own backyard. To do so, we need the continued help of volunteers for bag filling, Friday morning distributions, and planning our next fundraising event.

To sign-up or get more information about volunteer opportunities, please visit the “Get Involved” page, or fill out the form below.