GSSEM and Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council successfully partnered once again on the service project, Scouting for Food—collecting 201,598 pounds of food for our hungry neighbors. That’s 196,631 more pounds than last year!
Boy Scouts of America began the community food drive in 1988 and GSSEM began collecting with them two years ago. Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) is the collaborative partner to distribute the food to hungry neighbors in our communities. Last year, Gleaners distributed more than 34 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in southeast Michigan. The Scouting for Food collections will help support Gleaners’ food supply this winter, allowing a larger distribution to people in need through the holiday season and beyond.
“We had more than 4,000 Girl Scouts representing more than 300 troops canvassing neighborhoods throughout our council’s jurisdiction with 110,000 Scouting for Food bags,” said Barb Sosin, GSSEM Director of Council Programs. The girls were then responsible for sorting the food for Gleaners at the five GSSEM drop-off sites. “Scouting for Food creates awareness that we do have neighbors in our community who don’t have enough food for their families. The girls learned that individually they can make a difference, and collaboratively, they can create an even bigger impact for our hungry neighbors.”
GSSEM provided free Scouting for Food Patches...