CHARLOTTE, NC (October 20, 2020) – The Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council today announced that despite COVID-19, its troops safely collected more than 40,000 pounds of food to help fight hunger in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region during its annual Community Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and its local partner agencies. The event was held Saturday, October 10 with 575 girls from area troops participating.
The hunger crisis in the greater Charlotte region has grown exponentially with the onset of COVID-19. From March 19 – July 21, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has distributed over 8 million more pounds of food and 5.6 million more pounds of fresh produce, meat and dairy products than last year during the same timeframe. Support from the community and individuals is crucial to meeting the current hunger need as 75% of the food Second Harvest distributes is from donations.
"With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has become a crisis that is impacting many of neighbors,” said Angela Woods, CEO of Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “I am extremely proud that Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council was able to safely collect more than 40,000 pounds of food for those in need.”
The food drive consisted of seven food donation collection sites across the 8-county footprint of Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council. These counties are served by Second Harvest of Metrolina, the largest food bank in the region. The collection locations included:
· Second Harvest Food Bank, Charlotte, NC
· Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council Office, Charlotte, NC
· Locust Presbyterian Church, Locust, NC
· Cooperative Christian Ministries, Concord, NC
· Loaves & Fishes at Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson, NC
· Hunter Farm, Weddington, NC
· Mt. Harmony Food Pantry, Clover, SC
About Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls, where, in an accepting and supportive environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council (GSHNC) received its first charter from the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. in 1935. GSHNC is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. We currently serve 12,000 girls and adults in eight counties of North and South Carolina, which include Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union, and York (S.C.). For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, visit www.hngirlscouts.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
As part of Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina serves 19 counties in North and South Carolina. In FY2018-2019, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina distributed over 60 million pounds of food and household items to over 770 hunger feeding agencies including emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares. Follow the Food Bank on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and YouTube.