By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator
The Girl Scouts of Troop 10092 tackled a huge project within their local community: hunger.
It’s estimated one in seven Americans (that’s around 46 million people) are food insecure; they depend on food pantries to feed themselves and their families. Troop 10092 saw first-hand how much of a need there was in their own community.
“While working on their journey (Amaze), their take-action project was a food drive for the local food pantry,” Troop Leader Karyl Carter said. “They created flyers and collection boxes. They personally delivered it to the local food pantry and [the woman there] was just beside herself with what they had collected. They returned the following day to help sort everything. They also assisted with the distribution. I think they were surprised at how much of a need there is even in our small community.”
The experience remained with them when Troop 10092 started brainstorming for their Silver Award Project. While there were many other ideas, the girls chose to go further, settling on an even bigger project: a community garden.
Those fortunate enough may not realize, for some, food pantries are not a one-time emergency—it’s a staple. This means pantries need more than canned goods, which are often high in sodium and eating too much can lead to high blood pressure. Gardens are one way to provide food pantries with nutritional meals. After all, would you rather eat some Tomato Soup or a veggie stir-fry?
A garden requires a lot of planning. “The piece of land needed to be tilled, cleared of rocks, roots and twigs and then fertilized,” Karyl said. “They let that sit for a couple of weeks and then it was time to plant. Plants were donated to us by a local vendor! They laid down the weed fabric and laid out the plants. After that, they needed to put a small fence around the garden to keep the bunnies out as best we could.”
The girls even constructed a rain barrel to collect water for the garden when they found out a water source they thought would be available was not. Karyl said there have been many snags along the way, but the girls have not been deterred.
So far, the girls have provided at around 20lbs of vegetables to the food pantry from their garden. Their yields have been summer squash and zucchini. They expect to harvest tomatoes, green peppers, and green beans soon.
“They have also put together some simple recipes that we’ll be giving the food pantry to distribute with the vegetables!”
Way to go girls.
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