By earning the Action badge, Boyertown’s Daisy and Brownie 1759 Squad learned about the needs of their community and figured out how to make a difference. Using a portion of the proceeds from the cookie sales, the squad donated over 400 pounds of food to Preston’s pantry.
Sharon Smith, team co-leader, explained that the requirements for the Take Action badge are to identify a need or problem, talk about the root cause of the problem, and then develop an action plan and put that plan into action.
A group of Girl Scouts who gather at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyertown decided to donate food to Preston’s pantry. 13 girls voted to use some of their cookie money to buy essential items for the pantry.
Meeting with families one-on-one, the Boyertown Multifunctional Food Pantry provides food assistance to those in need living in the Boyertown School District, Hereford, District, Pike, Oley and Friendly.
Girls aged 5 to 9 shopped at Redner Warehouse Market in Boyertown on June 13, spending a total of $666.53. The squad was divided into three groups, each with a list of items the pantry would like to receive. They decided which items and in what quantities would be purchased.
“The girls had a great time finding products and also comparing prices to find the best deals,” said Smith.
What they enjoyed most about this project was the choice of food items they thought the whole family would enjoy.
One of the mottos of the Girl Scouts is “Let’s make the world a better place”.
Smith said that was the girls’ goal. She hopes they have learned that people of all ages can make a difference in their community.
“We can all share what we have and when we all work together; it can have a big impact on the world around us.”
On Tuesday, June 14, Girl Scouts delivered 436 pounds of food to Preston’s pantry, including packages of dog food for furry family members.
“The entire trunk and back seat of the car were filled. It took three carts to transport all the food donations,” said Nicole Clark, business manager for Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc. “These acts of kindness are what Preston’s legacy is. It’s about feeding the community by spreading kindness and teaching the next generation the importance of helping those in need.”
Clarke said donations are very important to the pantry.
“We get food from Helping Harvest, which is a food bank, but we are limited in what we can get and what is on offer. Community donations or charity events help us replenish our shelves and give families a wide variety of food choices,” she said.
In addition, Preston’s Pantry also attempts to distribute non-food items such as hygiene products, cleaning products, paper towels, toilet paper, and pet food that are not covered by the Supplemental Food Assistance Program.
“Our pantry serves about 200 families a month. We cover the entire Boyertown school district, as well as areas in Oley, Douglassville and Hereford,” Clark said. “Our pantry customers make an appointment to pick up groceries and get one to two weeks worth of groceries, including canned food, frozen meats, dairy products and fresh produce.”
Call Multi-Service at 610-367-6957 to make an appointment for food assistance or to speak with a food program manager about a donation. We have an opening for a Part Time Warehouse Assistant. Candidates can apply through Indeed.com.
For more information on Preston’s Pantry visit the website https://www.boyertownareamulti-service.org/prestons-food-pantry.html.