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It’s a Community Effort

F-M Girl Scouts complete their 'Plant a Row for the Hungry' project

Members of F-M Girl Scout Troop 10526 held a collection for fresh produce at Tops in Manlius and Fayetteville in August to benefit the F-M Community Outreach Food Pantry. Shoppers donated 111 pounds of fresh produce combined.

Members of F-M Girl Scout Troop 10526 held a collection for fresh produce at Tops in Manlius and Fayetteville in August to benefit the F-M Community Outreach Food Pantry. Shoppers donated 111 pounds of fresh produce combined. Submitted photo

The four members of Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 10526 have continued efforts toward earning their Silver Award with a project called Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR). Hunger is a growing need in our community and across the country; through PAR, the troop is helping to address this basic human need. By organizing a local PAR program, the troop has been working hard to help the people in the F-M community by urging fresh produce donations to the F-M Community Outreach Food Pantry.

Since early June, the girls have collected 336 pounds of produce – exceeding their initial goal of 250 pounds. With that goal met, the troop is now challenging the community to reach for a total of 375 pounds of donated produce in the final few weeks. PAR is a national people-helping-people program started in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association (GWA) that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local agencies and organizations serving the homeless and hungry in their communities. The national goal is to raise more than one million pounds of produce each year for these food distributions entities.

PAR collections run until Sept. 16, and the troop continues to urge residents to donate extra produce from their gardens. Collection bins are available at both the East Area Family YMCA (200 Towne Dr., Fayetteville, NY) and Manlius YMCA (140 W. Seneca St., Manlius, NY) to help collect fresh produce for F-M Community Outreach. Donations may be made at these local YMCAs on Sunday afternoons until 6:30PM and Monday mornings until 9:30 a.m. Donations may also be dropped off directly at F-M Community Outreach on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., but please drop off only during this time to respect client privacy. All types of clean, firm vegetables and fruits are welcome and appreciated.

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