On Saturday afternoon, July 22, members of local Girl Scout Troops 181 and 9218 along with their families held a backpack stuffing meeting at Montverde United Methodist Church (MUMC).  The backpacks, three for fifth-grade girls and one for a first-grade girl, were overloaded with a wide variety of school supplies.  The activity helped the girls earn a Community Service badge.

The Scouts and guests then toured MUMC’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, where clients received the donated back-to-school supplies, and learned the importance of helping others in need. Montverde United Methodist Church’s Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization formed in September 2009 to provide food for those in need in Montverde and the surrounding community.

Julie Bennett, the pantry’s Executive Director, was very impressed with the Girl Scouts’ efforts.  “Troop 181 went above and beyond for our backpack recipients; in addition to the pencils and binders, our clients are receiving dry erase markers, reams of paper, scissors, tissues, and so much more.  It was overwhelming to see, and the scouts were as sweet as could be. They even allowed me to participate in their Friendship Circle, something I haven’t done since my own Girl Scout days.”

Bennett was grateful for the level of care for our community that was demonstrated by these young ladies, noting they compiled information from all of the local schools’ supply lists, in an effort to provide the recipients with everything their school might require.  “They were so thoughtful and went out of their way, even while not knowing who would receive each backpack,” said Bennett. “These Scouts are delightful. A blessing to our pantry and to our community as a whole.  Please share their efforts to let South Lake know what help Troop 181 was to our client families.”