Girl Scouts Help Harvest Health
Submitted by Lisa Teevan Carey
Girl Scout Troop 94962 spent a day at Grow-A-Row’s Pittstown Farm harvesting 1,350 pounds of tomatoes, which provided approximately 5,800 servings to people in need. Their efforts made a difference to people in our community who are struggling with food insecurity, and provided fresh, healthy food. These sophomores worked hard in the fields on a beautiful day, boxing over a pallet of tomatoes that delivered much-needed nutrition.
This troop is striving to complete their Sow What Journey, which included an educational experience to learn about food: how and where it is grown, harvested, processed, distributed, consumed, and the impact on our society.
Their Grow-A-Row guide Connie Miller shared with the troop, “Your hard work and willingness to give up a couple of hours of your day will not only help to fill the bellies of so many people but will also provide a healthier diet for them. They are so thankful for your generosity.”
Chip Paillex, America’s Grow-A-Row’s President and Founder, stated, “You all did an awesome job! Thank you for not only helping us here at America’s Grow-A-Row, but more importantly for helping the thousands of families and individuals we serve across the mid-Atlantic region who are faced with hunger and food insecurity. We simply could not live out our mission and program without your support.”
To continue on their journey, they have been taking action by collecting canned and boxed food items for those in need and delivering them to Chatham United Methodist Church (CUMC). The CUMC Outreach Program encourages participation in ministries that care for the hungry and those in need. The shelves are located behind the building by the doors of the Chatham Methodist Preschool at 460 Main Street.