Harvesters - Topeka
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Harvesters - Topeka

Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. We are a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. 

Address: 215 SE Quincy St, Topeka, KS 66603

How to register: Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Register by contacting fighthunger@harvesters.org or 785-861-7750
 

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES
Stamp Out Hunger Bag Folding

 Cadette    Senior    Ambassador

Help Harvesters prepare for the 28th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive by folding bags for the drive. Volunteers help increase the food donations from this drive by 35% by folding these bags. We reserve the bags in sets of 1,000 which can be picked up from Harvesters. Volunteers can earn 7 hours of service for every 1,000 bags they fold correctly. 

This is a "no contact" opportunity where bags are picked up outside Harvesters, folded at home, and then returned to Harvesters.

How to register: Register for a time slot to big up the bags by contacting us at fighthunger@harvesters.org or 785-861-7700. 

 
Handmade Greeting Cards

 All Levels

Each month, Harvesters distributes nearly 5,000 CSFP food boxes to food insecure seniors. These boxes include shelf stable items like cereal, pasta, canned vegetables, and juices. Please help us share an upbeat messages in each one of these boxes. You can scrapbook or decorate a card and include a handwritten, up-beat message. Any quantity of cards will gladly be accepted. Please review our list of guidelines before creating your cards.

Completed cards can be mailed or delivered to Harvesters Community Engagement at 215 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66603.

 
YOU SCHEDULE IT! OPPORTUNITIES

All You Schedule It! opportunities are temporarily prohibited due to COVID-19.
 
Give Lunch

 All Levels

Support the hungry in our community by hosting the Give Lunch food drive for Harvesters’ agencies. Hold a food drive for a specific lunch menu.  At the end of your drive, spend 1-2 hours packing the individual sack lunches.  Harvesters will provide the brown paper sacks, utensils and personalized “This sack was packed by…” slips.

Additional Information: This opportunity is off-site, so troops are responsible for providing a location to pack lunches.

Cost Per Girl: N/A
Cost Per Adult: N/A

Badge Connections: Daisy Petal: Rosie: Make the World a Better Place, Daisy Petal: Zinni: Considerate and Caring, Daisy Petal: Sunny: Friendly and Helpful, Daisy Badge: Making Choices, Brownie Badge: Philanthropist
Journey Connections: Brownie Journey: Brownie Quest, Junior Journey: Agent of Change

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Hunger Education Workshop

 All Levels

Harvesters offers hunger education programs for Girl Scouts of all ages. Harvesters Story Times feature books like Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen, Fly Away Home, Spuds, City Green and Maddi’s Fridge as well as a related hunger education activity. Juniors and older may participate in the Family Budgets simulation where they use different family scenarios to determine how much money they have left over for food after paying basic expenses for one month. Participants then visit community resources to find out whether they qualify for food assistance. The Food Access simulation allows participants to see how different store and budget scenarios impact access to nutritious food. Food Access is best suited for Juniors and older.

Harvesters Story Times, the Family Budgets simulation, and the Food Access simulation can be scheduled at Harvesters or off-site.  Girl Scouts have used these activities to help earn Philanthropy and Financial Literacy patches. Girl Scouts are encouraged to take an action step such as volunteering, hosting a food or fund drive, or giving voice to the issue of hunger after participating.

Allow 45-60 minutes for activity

Badge Connections: Daisy Badge: Money Counts, Daisy Badge: Making Choices, Brownie Badge: Money Manager, Brownie Badge: Philanthropist, Junior Badge: Savvy Shopper, Cadette Badge: Budgeting

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Sort & Repackage Volunteer Opportunity

 Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador

Sort and repackage donated product in Harvesters Volunteer Engagement Center (VEC). Your efforts will contribute to the distribution of more than three million pounds of donated food and household supplies each month. We depend on volunteers to get donations into our community quickly and efficiently. Together, we are helping hungry children, seniors and families in our community. All volunteer sessions are scheduled on a reservation basis. Must be eight years or older to participate.

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Philanthropist
Journey Connections: Brownie Journey: Brownie Quest, Junior Journey: Agent of Change

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.