Junior Girl Scout Troop 4461 arrived at the Capital Area Food Bank’s D.C. food distribution center on a Saturday afternoon ready to work.
The troop took a break from their cookie business to give back during an exciting volunteer event where they packed food for 100 kids!
The day started with a discussion in the food bank’s Mildred J. Brooks Teaching Kitchen. The girls talked about their favorite foods – pomegranates were a popular one – and the joy that food can bring.
The conversation eventually turned to the number of residents and children in need. In the Washington metro area, 1 in 5 children is at risk of or experiencing hunger – that’s over 200,000 children. Hungry children are more vulnerable to sickness and infections, as well as developmental and educational problems. Ultimately, the girls agreed that by working together with the food bank, they could help kids who are struggling with hunger.
Then, with an intensified sense of purpose, the Girl Scouts got busy packing bags for the CAFB’s Weekend Bag program, which sends groceries home with participants every Friday. Through the program, the food bank serves over 2,200 kids each weekend, many of whom rely on school breakfasts and lunch. When school’s out, the CAFB steps in.
The room was abuzz with energy as the troop moved through the assembly line, packing each Weekend Bag with care and excitement. The bags included sliced canned peaches, applesauce cups and boxes of spaghetti. That Saturday, Girl Scouts carried 100 Weekend Bags through the Capital Area Food Bank. The next Friday, 100 kids carried them home.