Food pantry clients to get a Girl Scout cookie surprise

Knoxville, Tenn. (June 27, 2013): The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians’ cookie sale ended with thousands of boxes to spare. Almost 10,000 unsold boxes have been donated to food banks across the region. This large-scale donation was made possible thanks to Pilot Flying J’s support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

“We appreciate Pilot Flying J’s support so much,” said Booth Kammann, GSCSA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Pilot Flying J covered the cost of the unsold boxes on behalf of the Girl Scouts in order to make the donation a win-win for the organization and the food bank recipients.”

A donation of 5,100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies was delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee warehouse in Maryville, Tenn., on July 27. Pictured from left to right: Pilot Flying J Communications Manager Anne LeZotte; Second Harvest Food Bank Executive Director Elaine Streno; and Suzette Lacy, CFO for the Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachia.

Second Harvest of East Tennessee received 5,100 boxes, the Chattanooga Food Bank received 1,200 boxes, and Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee has received 1,850 boxes.

“Pilot Flying J is proud to support the Girl Scout Cookie Program in East Tennessee,”said Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam. “This program teaches valuable skills and builds the confidence of young girls in our community, and it’s now making an even bigger impact by providing for those in need through area food banks. The Pilot Flying J family of employees applauds the Girl Scouts for making a difference in East Tennessee.”

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn five key skills for life: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.


About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians…
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has almost 17,000 members and covers a jurisdiction stretching from Southwest Virginia, through all of East Tennessee, and into North Georgia. The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.





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