Girl Scouts create meal kits as part of service project
September 10, 2021
Here at the Food Bank of Delaware, we love when our supporters come up with creative ideas to help our neighbors in need!
Alisha Beckford, one of our WIC Education Specialists, was thrilled when Kate Hamlet and Priyanka Tailor, local Girl Scouts working towards their Silver Award Project, reached out about their meal kit creation idea.
Wanting to improve nutrition in their community, the Scouts envisioned creating ingredient meal boxes, similar to home delivery meal kits like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, for distribution to neighbors in need who visit the Food Bank’s Healthy Pantry Center. In addition to the ingredients to make a nutritious meal, the girls also wanted to include a small recipe booklet. Including the recipe booklets was a key to providing a sustainable practice for encouraging affordable, nutritious meals.
The duo spent 50 hours over the summer testing each recipe in the booklet to make sure they were both tasty and easy to prepare!
Earlier this week, Kate and Priyanka dropped off their finished project – 24 meal kits filled with the ingredients needed to make chicken roll ups as well the recipe booklets. Each meal kit included a can of chicken, a package of tortillas, salsa verde, garlic powder, an onion, and they also provided extra onions and sour cream and fresh cilantro to go along with each meal kit. The meal kits came in nice, reusable bags in various colors!
“We are so grateful for Kate and Priyanka’s dedication to this project,” said Alisha. “Ensuring that families have access to nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals is so important to us at the Food Bank of Delaware. We’ve already started distributing the bags to our neighbors in need, and I know they will love them!”