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DeKalb County, partner with faith leaders to distribute food, support Girl Scouts in underserved communities

DEKALB COUNTY, GADeKalb County and faith leaders are partnering to distribute food and Girl Scout cookies on Saturday, March 18, during its monthly food distribution.

“Not only does this food distribution help those facing food insecurity, but by purchasing and distributing Girls Scout cookies, we are also investing in the future of our young girls,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond.

The funding from the county’s purchase of 5,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies will be used to champion girls in underserved DeKalb communities. This partnership will provide additional financial support for programs designed to promote academic success, leadership, financial literacy, and more, officials stated in a news release.

“We’re grateful to CEO Michael Thurmond and the Board of Commissioners for supporting underserved Girl Scouts in DeKalb County,” said Amy Dosik, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. “For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls grow strong in DeKalb through innovative programming and outdoor experiences. Proceeds from the Cookie Program ensure that every girl who wants to participate, can.”

In addition to the Girl Scout cookies, residents will receive a 10-pound bag of chicken hindquarters, along with one 20-pound box of food containing Georgia Grown fruits, vegetables and a dozen eggs. Additionally, residents will receive fruit juice boxes and cereal.

Beginning at 9 a.m., rain or shine, 5,000 boxes of food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, at the following drive-through locations:

Since May 2020, DeKalb County has provided more than 110,000 boxes of food to families, utilizing federal American Rescue Plan funds to purchase the food.

The county is utilizing federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to purchase the produce and protein.

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