MATTHEWS – The Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council announced that its troops collected more than 30,000 pounds of food to help fight hunger in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region during its annual Girl Scout Food Drive on Oct. 12.
The food drive consisted of five food donation collection sites, including Crown and Cross Lutheran Church. Over 150 Girl Scouts from 22 troops from the Matthews area went door-to-door canvassing neighborhoods for the food drive.
More than 11,000 pounds of food was donated, which was almost 3,000 more pounds of food collected than last year in Matthews. Donations were given directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, the largest food bank in the region.
Approximately 527,000 people in 19 counties across the Carolinas struggle with hunger, including more than 188,000 children and 41,000 seniors.
“Food insecurity is an issue that many people in our community are dealing with every day,” said Angela Woods, CEO of Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “It’s an issue that impacts some of our Girl Scouts and their families. It is our hope that the 30,000 pounds of food collected will truly help our neighbors in need so that access to food is one less problem they have to worry about.”