ORBIS® Headquarters Holds Corporate Service Project; Partnered with Blessings in a BackPack to Feed Local Students
More than 75 ORBIS associates help fill grocery bags for weekend “gap”
Oconomowoc, Wis. – March 14, 2018 - The weekend “gap” is a time when children in the Waukesha, Wisconsin area can go hungry. Children eligible for free or reduced lunch programs during the school week are vulnerable to food shortages on the weekends. Blessings in a BackPack fills backpacks of these children with a variety of nutritious food for the weekend.
ORBIS has been a long-time supporter of the Waukesha Chapter of Blessings in a BackPack. This chapter, started in 2012, provides groceries to local school-aged children in need throughout Waukesha County, specifically in the Waukesha and Oconomowoc school districts.
ORBIS partnered with Blessings in a BackPack for this “bag fill”. The project includes filling 4,500 grocery bags, which is the equivalent of 4 weeks of food for 1,200 local children. ORBIS arranges for the pallets of food to be delivered to ORBIS, unpacks and prepares the food for re-packing into grocery bags for children’s’ backpacks. Each week, Blessings in a BackPack delivers these grocery bags to 13 area schools, where they are discreetly distributed.
New to the project this year were branded PlastiCorr® boxes for the packed food. In 2017, ORBIS donated nearly 750 PlastiCorr boxes to Blessings in a BackPack for use in their “bag fills”. These bag fill events occur 5-6 times each year and these reusable boxes are ideal for efficient storage and distribution.
Many thanks to all the ORBIS volunteers who participated in the event over the course of 1.5 days to support this local non-profit. Associates helped unpack, sort, fill, pack, load and transport finished boxes back to Blessings in a Backpack. For more information about Blessings in a BackPack, please visit https://blessingsinwaukesha.org/about/.