The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Council designated Meals on Wheels programs across its service area as the 2020 Sweet Support community partner for its cookie program.
Through this annual service project, customers choose to give their Girl Scout cookie purchases and assist a designated community entity.
Local programs are experiencing an increase in the number of elderly community members requesting meals during the coronavirus pandemic. To date, roughly 550 cases — 6,600 individual boxes — of cookies were donated to Meals on Wheels.
Meals on Wheels supports more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.
“Since Girl Scout cookies were delivered with our meals, we’ve had numerous positive phone calls and customer comments,” said Jamie Hojnoski, director of the senior nutrition program at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. “Our customer base during this crisis has grown. One told us that these little treats are like ‘a ray of light shining through all of this COVID-19 darkness’ and that they haven’t smiled in what seems to be a very long time ‘until today.’”
GSNYPENN partnered with Meals on Wheels in Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates counties, as well as Bradford and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania.
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