ERLANGER, Ky. — Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) will donate over $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank, as part of “Operation Sweet Treat,” whereby Girl Scout customers purchase cookies and then donate them to important causes locally.
God’s Pantry Food Bank is Kentucky’s largest food bank, and offers critical assistance to those struggling with food insecurity in Central and Eastern Kentucky, serving 50 counties in partnership with more than 400 food pantries and meal programs. This is the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road’s single largest community contribution for the 2020 Cookie Season.
“At a time when food insecurity is even more pervasive due to the impact of COVID-19, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road is grateful for the opportunity to make a contribution that will support the critical work of God’s Pantry Food Bank and provide for local families and individuals who need it most,” said Susan Douglas, CEO, GSKWR.
In God’s Pantry Food Bank’s 50-county service area, more than 253,000 individuals are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. With the help of more than 400 partner food pantries and meal programs, God’s Pantry Food Bank distributed 39.7 million pounds in fiscal year 2019.
“Research tells us that food insecurity is an ongoing problem in Central and Eastern Kentucky, where one in five children do not know where their next meal will come from. With the increase in demand we have seen we know those numbers are higher as a result of COVID-19,” said Michael Halligan, CEO, God’s Pantry Food Bank. “This donation will put a smile on the faces of so many during these unprecedented times.”
Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road’s donation of 7,056 boxes, or 588 cases of Girl Scout Cookies will be distributed to 12 of God’s Pantry Food Bank’s local partner agencies including Kentucky-based food pantries, programs that serve people who are homeless and a children’s feeding program.