Wow! What an amazing year it has been to see our local Girl Scouts working together to Stop Summer Hunger. It’s no surprise that girls picked this cause, with one in six people in West Central Florida living with daily hunger; our girl’s knew there would be so much that they could do to help throughout the year. Thank you to everyone that participated and did their part to combat hunger. Your efforts did not go unnoticed and you made a huge impact in the lives of thousands.
On April 2 all your hard work culminated for our first ever council-wide Take Action service day. In total we had 19 service units that either worked together or individually to host 10 Take Action Day events and programs to Stop Summer Hunger. Those events include food drives, volunteering and educational opportunities.
Here’s a glimpse of what some Girl Scouts did on Take Action Day.
Feeding Tampa Bay had 40 Girl Scout volunteers at their facility sorting food and cleaning.
To show their appreciation for all that Girl Scouts accomplished this year, Feeding Tampa Bay dedicated a wall in their warehouse to us! On Take Action Day, girls had the chance to leave their mark for all to see.
The Sand Eagles Service Unit is hosted a food drive at Atonement Lutheran Church. They stocked up the food pantry by collecting 255.85 lbs of non-perishable canned goods and dry foods.
The Boca Ciega Community hosted a food and back pack drive to support the backpack food programs at Westgate Elementary and Sexton Elementary Schools.
This Girl Scout Troop of middle school girls donated 47 lbs food during their troop food drive.
We’re so proud of what girls from across west central Florida accomplished over the past year. Our friends at Feeding Tampa Bay have been keeping track of our Girl Scout impact at their Tampa facility. Here’s what girls were able to do:
- Sorted 16,787 lbs. of both perishable and non-perishable food (nearly 14,000 meals!)
- Donated 2,954 pounds of food (2,461 meals)
- Sorted 1,255 lbs. of sweet potatoes for seniors (1,045 meals)
- Assisted in making 200 backpacks for children to eat over the weekend (1,000 meals)
- Made 500 awareness bracelets to help share the message that 1 in 4 children in Tampa Bay do not know where their next meal is coming from
- Assisted in weekly deep clean of the Winn-Dixie Market, which distributes over 75,000 pounds a week (62,500 meals), twice, assuring the wholesomeness of the food that is sent out into the community.
- Decorated 200 Thanksgiving bags - showing compassion and giving joy to families over the holidays
Woah! That’s literally tons and tons of food!
Feeding Tampa Bay has been such a great partner in supporting our Stop Summer Hunger program. They have hosted Hunger 101 Sessions throughout the year to educate approximately 300 girls about the causes of hunger in our community and what they’re doing to help, offered volunteer opportunities and provided so many great resources. We received such positive feedback from girls, leaders and parents about their experiences during those classes that we are working with Feeding Tampa Bay to continue these educational and volunteer opportunities beyond this year. A new patch work program is currently being developed by the staff at Feeding Tampa Bay! Be on the lookout for more information on that program and other fun activities we have planned with Feeding Tampa Bay later this year!
Speaking of patches…
Don’t forget to request your troop’s official Stop Summer Hunger patch. Show the whole world you did your part to Stop Summer Hunger with a cool new patch for your Girl Scout vest or sash. Simply, complete the requirements described in the Stop Summer Hunger Patch Program. Once completed, leaders will submit the Patch Program Request Form. Patches are currently available and leaders can stop by the Resource Center to pick them up, or community coordinators will distribute to leaders in May/June.