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COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 15, 2015) – On Tuesday, April 7, the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council delivered 350 cases of cookies to Military Veterans Resource Center’s Food Bank. The donation was made possible by their Operation Salute program, which sends cookies to organizations that support current and former military service members.
“The cookies are a special treat for our veterans and especially their kids. We’re excited to partner with the Girl Scouts again and surprise our vets with the cookies,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper.
According to Jessica Martin, Product Program Operations Manager at the Council, Operation Salute started in 2013 when the girls’ expressed their interest in giving back to Ohio’s service members. The Council agreed to launch the program, taking care of all shipping needs and adding an option on the cookie form for customers to donate a box of cookies to Operation Salute.
This season, customers donated a total of 28,442 boxes to the program–over 5,000 boxes more than last year.
“The girls get very excited about the program, and it’s a great way for customers to be supportive of both the girl scouts and our military members,” said Martin.
Military Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to provide comprehensive services and information that enables veterans who served honorably to become self-reliant in managing career and life decisions. MVRC is a non-profit organization based in Columbus and operates five centers throughout Ohio.
About the MVRC Food Bank: Military Veterans Resource Center operates an emergency food bank for veterans and their families in need of food assistance. We are partnered with the Mid-Ohio FoodBank to bring a variety of nutritious food items to our clients and will provide up to a five day supply of food for a veteran and his or her family. Veterans in need of food assistance can contact us at 614-230-0662.