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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. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 non-for-profit agencies including food pantries, community kitchens, and homeless shelters.

Address: 215 SE Quincy St, Topeka, KS 66603

Contact Info: fighthunger@harvesters.org and 785-861-7750
 

YOU SCHEDULE IT! OPPORTUNITIES

Stamp Out Hunger Fun Patch

 All Levels

The goal of this patch is to introduce and educate girls about hunger in their local, regional, national, and global community; empower girls to become educated voices and advocates for the hungry in their communities; and take an engaging role in the solution to hunger in the community.

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

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

 

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


Holiday Boxes

 All Levels

Many holiday memories are made around a festive meal. However, for more than 353,000 people in the 26-county service area that Harvesters serves, a festive meal and tableside memories are not certain. Harvesters’ network of community food pantries is working to bring joy to hungry families during the holiday season by providing the comforts and trimmings of a holiday meal, but we can’t reach as many people without help from supporters like YOU.

Help us provide a Holiday Box by hosting a food drive to collect holiday side dishes and packing boxes for families in the community.  Harvesters will provide resources like boxes, personalized “This box was packed by” cards and tips to make your drive run smoothly. We’ll also work with you to get your completed Holiday Boxes picked up and back to Harvesters for distribution.

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


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

 
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.

Food Drive Fun Patch

 All Levels

Food drives are Harvesters’ best source of high-quality nonperishable foods and household care items. All products collected during food drives are distributed in our region through Harvesters’ network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies. Girls can earn the Food Drive Fun Patch by hosting a food drive and collecting at least 50 pounds of food per girl.

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

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