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!
Rebecca Schwaab Melgares
Retired Corporate Communications Executive
Hausmann-Johnson Insurance/The Benefit Services Group, Inc.
E&L Hayes Properties, LLC.
Vrakas CPAs + Advisors
Waukesha County Business Alliance
Bank Five Nine
Managing Director, Waukesha Chapter
Blessings in a Backpack