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Daisy Scouts + Cookies for the Community Provide Food for Friends

Submitted by Becky Ziller and Ivana Micallef-Johnston

The Pine Island Kindergarten Daisy Troop 25596 gathered at Crosswinds Church in Oronoco to stuff backpacks for Food For Friends. Food For Friends is a collaboration between Pine Island School and non-profit organizations (including Crosswinds Church) to provide a backpack full of food on Fridays to Pine Island students in need. This ensures adequate nutrition over the weekend for local families who most need it. The program currently serves children from kindergarten to 4th grade.

This Daisy troop’s goal was to add a box of Girl Scout cookies to each backpack. These cookies were donated by regular customers as part of Cookies for the Community. In this program troops make a donation of Girl Scout cookies from their troop inventory to a worthy organization right in their community. The troop will select an organization such as a local food shelf, shelter, care center, hospital or other organization. River Valleys Girl Scouts encourages troops to learn about the organization where the donation will be made to truly provide the girls with a full community service experience.

The Kindergarten Daisy Troop decided to support Food For Friends as their troop choice for Cookies for the Community. There are around 50 children at Pine Island School receiving weekly backpacks in the Food for Friends program.

Troop co-leaders, Becky Ziller and Ivana Micallef-Johnston, along with our Daisy Girl Scouts and Daisy parents helped to stuff backpacks. This shows our girls how to give back to the community and how to make the world a better place, which is part of the Girl Scout law.

Daisy troop with backpacks

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