According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (April 2013), Tennessee ranked second in the nation in senior hunger or food insecurity. The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability located in Cookeville, Tennessee is making this issue a top priority. For DeKalb County/Smithville, Tennessee, the 5th Grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 2103 will partner with the Smithville Senior Center. The Troop will work toward the Girl Scout Bronze award by collecting non-perishable food items at local food drives and assist in packaging the food baskets. The Smithville Senior Center will work with UCDD and UCHRA to coordinate the delivery of the food to those Senior Citizens in need.
Food drives will be held on Saturday August 2nd, from 10 – 2 at Food Lion in Smithville and on Saturday, August 9th from 10 - 2 at Prichard’s Foods in Alexandria. Members of Girl Scout Troop 2103 will provide shoppers with a list of recommended items and collect any donated items at checkout.
Wal-Mart in Smithville donated $150.00 in store credit. The Girl Scouts will use the donated gift cards to purchase non-perishable food items to add to the food boxes.
If anyone would like to donate items for the food drive, a collection box will be also be available at the Smithville Senior Center, now through Monday, August 11th.
Thank you for your support in our effort to end hunger for Senior Citizens in DeKalb County.
(Pictured above: left to right- Smithville Senior Director Wanda Poss and members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 2103 Carly Vance, Leah Davis, and Hannah Willingham)