Girl Scouts to host food drive Saturday

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.

 

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Weekender – 08/28/15

Lakes Classifieds – 08/28/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 08/28/15

Northshire Freepress – 08/28/15

Classifieds 08/27/15

Washington County Fair in full swing

407624_345593242132090_322483287_n

By Linda Ellingsworth There’s still plenty of time to experience the excitement of the Washington County Fair. A celebration of […]

Coin drops hurt by bridge work

Bridge

By Dan King Those who volunteer their time to serve the people of Whitehall say their coin drop operations have […]

Working together: town, village fixing waterline

DSC_1921

By Dan King For the past week and a half the town and village of Whitehall have been working together […]

Washington County Board opposes Common Core

Schulz 2

By Dan King The third time was indeed a charm for Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff and activist Bob Schulz. Haff […]

Townwide sale next weekend

Lawn sale 006

By Dan King Bargain seekers will converge on Whitehall Labor Day Weekend, as they seek the best deals around. The […]

Three vying for public safety position

By Christina Scanlon Washington County supervisors have narrowed the field to three candidates for county public safety director and will […]

Recycled teens applauded

By Christina Scanlon Nine honorary members of the Mettowee Valley Senior Citizens were honored last week at a luncheon filled […]