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News Release
Monday, December 05, 2011

Girl Scouts Food Drive @ Krogers, Dec. 10, 9 am to 4 pm


Texas City, TX – December is a busy month for area food drives and other fundraisers aimed at helping those in need throughout the holidays. Ball High’s Student Council wraps up their Channel 13 Share Your Holidays food drive on December 9th to be followed the next day by the Girl Scout’s GET ‘R DONE FOOD DRIVE taking place at the Kroger stores in northern Galveston County. In addition, AcroSports’ is hosting an OPEN GYM fundraiser benefitting the Galveston County Food Bank. Both events are on December 10th.


The League City/Dickinson Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will be on site Saturday, December 10, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kroger in Dickinson, as well as the three stores in League City, encouraging shoppers to donate much needed items to the Galveston County Food Bank. Lists available at each store entrance will include items like pop-topped can goods, canned meat items, nutritious kids’ meals or snacks, among other non-perishable food items.


In preparation for the event, Troop #26128 visited the food bank which is located at 624 4th Avenue N in Texas City. The scouts listened to a presentation about the food bank services then toured the facility. According to their leader, Betsy Allinson, who is also a mom to one of the scouts, the girls realized just how pervasive hunger is around them and how invisible the problem is in their everyday lives. “We are blessed to teach these girls that this is their world,” says Allinson, “and that they can help change it.”


AcroSports will be hosting a special OPEN GYM from 6 pm to 7 pm on the 10th of December. According to Gymnastics Director, Stephanie Mees, kids ages 18 and under are invited to take advantage of the gym's equipment with a $6.00 entrance fee and 100% of the fee donated to the Galveston County Food Bank. The gym is located at 1800 West Nasa Blvd, and any questions regarding the fund raiser can be answered by calling the gym at 281-332-4496.


The Galveston County Food Bank – Gleanings From The Harvest facilitates access to nutritious food, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies for those in need through a network of charitable hunger relief and faith-based organizations serving Galveston County. The organization reports delivering over 5 million pounds of food annually and serves a little over 20,000 people monthly.


Mark Davis, executive director of the Galveston County Food Bank says the face of hunger is changing and is often deceiving. “Today’s economy is putting a financial strain on many residents of Galveston County, including business owners, elderly relatives taking on parenting roles, workers facing unemployment and people facing a health crisis without health insurance. Hunger,” says Davis, “can easily live next door. We are fortunate to be partners with the Houston Food Bank, 23 other faith-based and social service food pantries throughout Galveston County relying on the generosity of Galveston County residents and businesses to provide food for those less fortunate. Collectively and through the generous efforts of organizations like the Girl Scouts and AcroSports, we are better prepared to meet the increase in demands in this county,” says Davis. “I hope this community will go on Sat. Dec. 10th to AcroSports to play and to the League City and Dickinson Krogers to support the food drive during this critical time of year. “


“We all want to help make this food drive a successful experience,” says Allinson. “We are committed to helping our girls recognize problems in our community and work with established community leaders to help make change. “


To learn take a tour of the food bank facilities or to learn more about the Galveston County Food Bank, visit or call Mark Davis 409-945-4232.

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