A Brownie meeting with a difference earlier in March saw Kendal Brownies shopping at Sainsbury’s for the local foodbank. 30 girls from 8th Kendal Brownies were given a budget of £10 per group of six, a calculator and a clipboard, and worked hard to buy as much food as possible.
Becky Flight, Assistant Leader with 8th Kendal Brownies, explained: “Part of the Promise that every Brownie makes is about serving the community, and we wanted to do something meaningful that genuinely helped the community. Having played around with a few ideas about how we could support the local foodbank, we decided it would have more of an impact for the girls if they were involved in actually purchasing the food themselves and therefore gaining an understanding of the price of food and what food is suitable for the foodbanks. Now more than ever is it really important to support our local foodbank charities.”
9-year-old Ruby Whittaker clearly gained important insights during the visit: “It was really important what we did because it helped people who don’t have enough food like we do, or can’t afford to buy it. What we do makes a positive difference to other people in a positive way and that is really good.”
Joanne Malin at Kendal Sainsbury’s supported the initiative, saying that she “enjoyed talking about our values”.
Local foodbanks are worried about donations in the current coronavirus emergency and would welcome any help.