Quarterly News | March 2021

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Backpack Bulletin — the quarterly newsletter from the Chicago Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack! This email will keep YOU in touch with the impactful work we're doing in Chicago to feed kids who might otherwise go hungry.

This school year, the Chicago Chapter has provided over 92,100 hunger-free weekends for local kids, but we can do more. Let's keep growing and continue to prevent childhood hunger in our city!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first-ever "Do it Yourself" Virtual 5K Run/Walk the week of Nov. 7–15, 2020. The event garnered the support of 805 individuals of all ages nationwide and 14 corporate/family sponsorships and grossed over $80,000. A large portion of the net proceeds were allocated to support four local programs in financial need — without this funding, these programs were at risk of no longer operating.

A very special thank you to the Chicago Advisory Board for hosting the DIY 5K!


Join us on Monday, August 23, for the 2021 Blessings in a Backpack Chicago Classic — an exclusive day of golf, tennis, and fun as we raise money to feed the kids across Chicagoland.

With the launch of the Chicago Chapter we are excited to increase our local footprint of children being served. Proceeds from this event will help us feed kids now and for years to come!

Click here to become an event sponsor! Event registration will be available soon.
With nearly 300,000 children facing food insecurity across Chicagoland, the recent launch of the Chicago Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack is more vital than ever. As schools continue slowly reopen and government officials deploy COVID-19 vaccines, we have sought alternative routes of distributing weekend food.

Managing director Ed Briscoe and program manager Rosanne McGuire have worked diligently to cultivated relationships with local community organizations to fed kids at risk of going hungry on the weekends — including the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, Boys & Girls Clubs, Care for Friends, Chicago Housing Authority, Communities in Schools, YMCA, and YWCA.

We've reached 1,500 kids through these partnerships, creating over 26,000 hunger-free weekends!

"Quotes for Good" by Jason Barnes, State Farm Agent
Today through April 30, South Holland State Farm Insurance Agent Jason Barnes is doing a "Quotes for Good" campaign. For every new or existing client who completes an auto, home, or life insurance policy quote and mentions Blessing in a Backpack, Jason’s office will donate $10 of food support toward local program sites.

Jason has a vision for increasing the awareness of students in the south suburban area who are food insecure and need support.
To schedule your quote today, contact Jason via his website or phone at (708) 862-1119. You can also follow him on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
March is International Women's Month, and IBM's theme is "Women Rising"
The Chicago Women's Networking Group (CWNG), an IBM Business Resource Group focused on leadership and professional development, has partnered with the Chicago Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. They are hosting a virtual packing event throughout the month to help children in need rise above hunger. All proceeds will benefit the Chicago Food Fund.

Interested in hosting a virtual packing event with your company? Click here to learn more.

Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi Wagman
Heidi is the program coordinator at our Jenner/Ogden programs. In honor of International Women's Month, our chapter celebrates Heidi for her continued leadership to further close the weekend hunger gap for kids.

Heidi has gone above and beyond the call of duty! She's arranged socially distant packing events in her yard during the pandemic, established a subcommittee of volunteers, hosted fundraising campaigns, and more. On behalf of the nearly 300 kids you support, thank you, Heidi. You're our SHEro!
Please join us welcoming two new additions to the Chicago Advisory Board!
Maribeth Cleary, Senior Vice President of Health and Wellness, Patient Point
Adi Agrawal, Executive Advisor & CEO, clr80
Reflects giving from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Chicago Chapter Lead Partners
$25,000 to $49,999  
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation 

$15,000 to $24,999 
CME Group 

$10,000 to $14,999 
Antares Capital 

$5,000 to $9,999 
The HEICO Companies, LLC 
Emily Heisley Stoeckel 
Mauser Packaging Solutions 
Alan Meyerowitz 
Matthew E. Steinmetz
$2,500 to$4,999 
Barrington Children's Charities 
Capital Group 
Joseph A. DePippo 
Highland Park Community Foundation 
Indian Trail PTO 
Robert Lissner 
NXT Capital, LLC 
Scott E. Prugh 
Bradley J. Schafer
$1,000 to $2,499 
Barrington Orthopedic Specialists 
Blue Waters Foundation 
Colleen Bohn 
Jeff Caprini 
Charlie and Linlee Elbert 
CTS Impact 
Celine Fitzgerald 
G. F. Fitzgerald 
Steve Frediani 
Kim D. Froning 
Jim S. Gordon 
K+S North America Corporation 
Bradley Keck 
Joseph Keffer 
Marilyn Lissner 
Moraine Township 
Elise Sacks 
William C. Schwingel 
The Stepping Stones Group 
Mark Thorndyke 
Jason and Lauren Urban 
David and Sandra Wanger Charitable Fund 
Elizabeth Watson 
Patricia Winckler 

$500 to $999 
The Albertsons Companies Foundation 
Mary Allen 
The Benevity Community Impact Fund 
Gary Fencik 
Christopher Geneser 
Michael Glicken 
Tyler Goldstein 
Daniel Jenks 
Susan Kane 
Patricia Kelly 
The Kerr Family
Gene Kim 
The Willard and Anne Levin Foundation 
H. John Livingston 
Laura McGreal 
Susan Muehrcke 
Perry Family Charitable Fund 
Brad Prugh 
Usha Raj 
Rotary Club of Wheaton, A.M. 
Thomas Sawyer 
Shannon Smith 
Spartan Kids Foundation 
Sunita Tendulkar 
John Vaile 
Susan Valentine 
Craig Williamson