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Blessings in a Backpack

Est. in Louisville, KY: 2005
Est. in Hatfield, WI: 2012
Mission Statement: “Blessings in a Backpack provides food for elementary school children across America who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year.”
Vision: “Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.”
Blessing in a Backpack is a nationwide organization that is committed to getting children food that would otherwise not have any. They were chosen as People Magazine’s 2012 charity of the year. The Hatfield branch started with 1 school and 25 students, and has now grown to 3 schools and is feeding about 590 students.
Name, title, company:
• Regina Estrada, Program Coordinator for Waukesha Co., Blessings in a Backpack
How long has organization been with coalition?
• Since late 2012
How does your organization fit in with coalition’s mission: to help reduce hunger and food insecurities in Waukesha Co.?
• Help reduce food insecurities
What is the greatest achievement you have had/ seen within the coalition?
• Creating awareness of problems to other organizations and the community
What is the greatest benefit of being a coalition member?
• Informing people of Blessings in a Backpack, and awareness of other organizations and resources

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