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Editor’s Note: The Gazette has learned that Carol Cauley, who has headed up the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force for over a decade, will be moving to Texas over the summer. A food pantry volunteer since 1994 and president of the Task Force since 1996, Ms. Cauley has been unflagging in her dedication to feeding the community’s hungry.
Almost 100 Girl Scouts from Larchmont and Mamaroneck spent the weekend thinking about hunger and collecting food to feed the hungry.
The girls gathered at the Larchmont Girl Scout House on Saturday morning, April 25 for a kick-off breakfast with Carol Cauley, president of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force. She described the increased number of families turning to the food pantry during these difficult economic times.
“We are serving more than 350 families each time we’re open, which is a 40% increase over the first quarter of 2008,” said Ms. Cauley. The girls particularly took notice when she mentioned that 35% of the people fed by the pantry are children.
Following the breakfast, a weekend of food drives began. Girls were stationed at Trader Joe’s all day Saturday, asking shoppers to purchase food items to donate.
“Most people were very happy to buy something to donate,” commented Cadette Girl Scout Gabby Carcano. “Some people gave one or two things but others came out with two or three bags full of groceries. Some gave money as well.”
The drive continued on Sunday at Stop and Shop as girls collected more and more food.
“Some people actually thanked us for organizing the food drive,” reported Carina Allen of troop 2522. “They said they had been thinking about donating to the food pantry but didn’t know what was needed or where to take it and this made it really easy for them to make a contribution. One woman even gave us four spiral hams!”
In total, the Girl Scouts collected over 2,000 food items, completely filling five vans. While that sounds like a lot, Ms. Cauley told the girls that more than 9,000 cans or packages of food are distributed each time the food pantry is open. Nevertheless, she was thrilled with the amount of food donated, commenting that the cereal collection alone saved the food pantry almost $800 in purchase costs.
The Girl Scouts also made cards to be included with the groceries that are delivered to seniors. They sorted the collected items, and several troops donated Girl Scout cookies as well.
Annina Bulfamante of troop 2056 summed up the girls’ response. She “had a great time and felt very proud to collect so much food for the food pantry.”
Pat Allen is a troop leader and community director for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts thank Trader Joe’s and Stop and Shop for allowing the girls to hold food drives at their stores. They also thank the Larchmont and Mamaroneck Post Offices for the loan of postal bins to hold the donations.