M ore than 100 local Girl Scouts will “give back” to their communities this weekend.
Members of the Northern Washington County Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York will participate in “Girl Scout Give Back Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.
“We are trying to collect food for local food pantries and summer lunch programs,” Diane Wescott, community chair of the local service unit, said.
The event will be held at multiple locations throughout northern Washington County. Scouts will collect food at the Granville Price Chopper Plaza, the Dollar General in Whitehall, the Hartford Central School and the Fort Ann town park.
“We decided with so many girls that we would divide it based on their town,” Wescott said.
The goal of the event is to collect non-perishable food items for children’s summer lunches.
In Whitehall for instance, items collected will be donated to the Recreation Center Summer Lunch Program.
The program, which largely relies on private donations and some public funding, feeds upward of two dozen students each day during the summer.
Wescott said lunch items will be donated to the program. Other items, which may not within the scope of the lunch program, will be donated to the Whitehall Food Pantry.
Food pantries in all four communities will benefit from the event.
Wescott said the event is an outgrowth of the popular “stuff-a-bus” event that used to be held in Granville.
The event, which aimed to fill a bus with donations of food, was very well received by the community, but the logistics of planning the event became difficult when local Girl Scout troops were grouped into larger service units, comprised of scouts from multiple towns.
“The council asked each service unit between May 3 and 10 to do something to give back to the community. We thought it would was a good way to represent the unity of the new council while giving back,” Wescott said.
She said a variety of items are needed for local lunch programs and food pantries and suggested the following items: juice boxes, fruit cups, individual puddings, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, mayonnaise, macaroni and cheese and canned pasta.
Monetary donations, which can be used to purchase food during the summer lunch program season, will also be accepted.