Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington in Service Unit 22 recently collected 1,496 pounds of nonperishable food and $10 in donations for three Umatilla County food pantries.
During the April 25 Scouting for Food two Girl Scout troops rounded up 537 pounds of groceries for the Echo Food Bank and one Girl Scout troop gathered 200 pounds for The Salvation Army in Pendleton. Earlier in the month, three troops collected 759 pounds for Hermiston’s Agape House.
With just six troops participating this year, the Girl Scout leaders were amazed at what the girls accomplished for fellow members in their communities. They have such big hearts and want to help in any way they can, said Michelle Kane, volunteer communications coordinator.
Girl Scouts encourages everyone to continue making food and/or monetary donations to their local food banks. The need isn’t just around the holidays, it’s year-round, Kane added.
The organization is still in great need of adults — parents, grandparents or neighbors — to lead troops or join the area’s leadership service team. Several girls are waiting to join, but they are waiting for someone to step up to be leaders. For more information about joining or volunteering for Girl Scouts, contact Addie Bower at 541-389-8146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.