Girl Scout Cookie Sales Will Help Feed the Hungry

Spackenkill Brownie Troop Donates to Dutchess Outreach

Scouts plan to donate cookies and cookie profits to support Food Pantry

Poughkeepsie, NY: When the Brownies of Girl Scout Troop 10131 learned the shelves at Dutchess Outreach’s Beverly Closs Food Pantry was low on food, the girls got right to work collecting more than 150 items for donation.

The girlslearned of the food shortage at Dutchess Outreach while working to earn the Brownie “Philanthropist” badge – a badge where they explore basic human needs and learn how they can be a person who responds by giving help. They invited Dutchess Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Carol Beck—a former Girl Scout—to one of their meetings so they could learn more about programs provided by Dutchess Outreach. In anticipation of the meeting, they asked friends and family to contribute basic food staples such as tuna, canned vegetables, soups, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and more.


Troop 10131 has also chosen to support Dutchess Outreach for their “Gift of Caring” Project and have worked this give-back clause into their sales efforts. As part of the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Sale, which is currently underway, customers can make a donation to Girl Scouts and the money will be used to purchase cookies to be donated to local organizations or troops serving overseas. Troop 10131 hopes to be able to donate at least 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Dutchess Outreach food pantry.

Additionally, Troop 10131 will donate a portion of the troop’s cookie “profits”. 70% of the procedes stays in the local girl scout council in order to fund troop activities such as camping and educational trips. Troop 10131 hopes to donate at least $100 of its cookie money to Dutchess Outreach to enhance their Gift of Caring project.

“A key part of the Girl Scout mission is to help girls learn how they can make positive changes in the world around them,” said Troop 10131 co-leader Leesa Marcinelli. “We are very proud of the way these girls have embraced the idea of helping others and are working hard to achieve those goals.”

There are 14 Brownies in Troop 10131, all 3rd graders at Hagan Elementary School in the Spackenkill School District in Poughkeepsie. This is the girl’s fourth year in Girl Scouts. They are part of the Spackenkill Service Unit, part of the Heart of the Hudson Girl Scout Council.

Individuals or organizations interested in purchasing Girl Scout cookies and supporting Troop 10131’s Gift of Caring project can contact troop “Cookie Mom” Colleen P : Cookies are $4 per box.

Photo: Girl Scout Brownie Troop 10131, with Dutchess Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Carol Beck, show some of the food item donations the troop collected to help restock the Beverly Closs food pantry.

Edited by LoLa

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