Waukesha Chapter

The Waukesha Chapter

Founded in 2012 with one school and 25 students, the Waukesha County Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack has experienced tremendous growth thanks to incredible community support these past eight years.

In the 2018-2019 school year, we distributed over 60,000 bags of food to 1,600 students in Waukesha, Oconomowoc, Sussex, and Hartland. During the 2019-2020 school year, so much has changed! As of mid-March, we grew to feed 1,700 students every Friday. Then, COVID-19 changed our entire process, including our distribution method. During the spring COVID-19 school closures, we provided food every weekend for approximately 1,500 students in a much different way, including curbside pickup and passing out Blessings bags alongside free lunch. Both districts of Oconomowoc and Waukesha distributed Blessings in a Backpack throughout the summer for the first time ever.

Our program is continuously evolving and expanding, and, this year, we learned, who will feed the kids when schools are closed—we will! Thanks to continued support from our wonderful donors and volunteers!

Who will feed the kids this weekend?

Together, we will!

Meet Our Advisory Board

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Rebecca Schwaab Melgares
Board Co-Chair
Retired Corporate Communications Executive

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Diana Schmidt
Board Co-Chair
Hausmann-Johnson Insurance/The Benefit Services Group, Inc.

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Kim Brown
Member
Fortinet

20

Sarah Butz
Member
ProHealth Care

14

Lisa Hayes
Member
E&L Hayes Properties, LLC.

19

Nick Heckenkamp
Member
Vrakas CPAs + Advisors

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Jody Henkel
Member

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Tim Henkel
Member

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Jeff Johnson
Member
Johnson & Sons Paving

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Norm Kukuk
Member
ORBIS

18

Robyn Ludtke
Member
Waukesha County Business Alliance

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Heidi Miller
Member
I Believe in Auctions

15

Mick O’Brien
Member
Musician

21

Tim Rymer
Member
Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer, S.C.

13

Jennifer Waltz
Member
Sussex Outreach Center

17

Nate Zastrow
Member
Bank Five Nine

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Nancy Major
Managing Director, Waukesha Chapter
Blessings in a Backpack