All in a day’s work: Girl Scouts hold fourth annual food drive

Nov 4, 2023

MARION — Before Marion Girl Scout Troop 67041 started collecting donations to give to the Marion Food Pantry, they wanted to find out what the pantry needed most.

After a visit to the pantry, the girls learned that things like cereal, noodles and toilet paper were in short supply.

“Children like cereal a lot,” said eight-and-a-half-year-old Nina Sylvia. “When we went [to the food pantry] and saw the cereal they had, they didn’t have a lot of it. They mentioned that [cereal] is a thing that runs out a lot.”

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the girls of Troop 67041 set up shop outside the Marion General Store to solicit donations of food, toiletries and money for the Marion Food Pantry. This is the troop’s fourth annual food drive.

“Juices and … noodles run out a lot,” “We want to ask people to donate noodles and stuff … so that the [food pantry] doesn’t run out.”

The girls kept a running tally of donations throughout the day.

“We got a lot of boxes, cans, bottles and jars, toilet paper and bags,” said Sylvia, who noted that “boxes” include cereal, pasta and “stuff like that.”

“We got a lot of money donations,” added nine-year-old Ella Alves.

The Marion Food Pantry is located at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center, 465 Mill St. The pantry is open on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.