True to the Girl Scout pledge, members of Brownie Troop 2097 are serving their community and doing their best to make Pawhuska a better place to live.

These seven- and eight-year old young ladies wanted to do something special with the money they earned from their recent cookie sales. As the Brownies were discussing goals for their troop, they unanimously agreed to help Pawhuska’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.

Troop leaders are Rhonda Kohnle and Toni Rippetoe.

"Most of the girls, at one time or another, had been able to take a backpack home from school. Each time it contained special foods just for them," said Kohnle. "The scouts enjoyed the program and understood the program’s intentions were to make sure Pawhuska’s children had enough food to eat over the weekend."

Hard work and the generosity of the Pawhuska community enabled Troop 2097 to raise $200 for the backpack program which began in 2010. Each girl had an opportunity to go to the grocery store and pick out foods that they would like.

Kohnle explained, "Our Troop spent over $150 at Hometown Foods." Laughing, she apologized if other shoppers were inconvenienced by her troops blocking an aisle. Overall, Troop 2097 presented the backpack program with yummy snacks and a $50 check to help the program continue feeding Pawhuska kids.

Before the Brownies began their shopping spree, Food 4 Kids Backpack Program spokesperson Emily Hudson talked to them about the difference between healthy, nutritional snacks and junk food. She explained week-end backpacks should include dairy products, proteins, fruits, veggies and grains.

"Each backpack contains individually packaged, easy-to-open food items, such as shelf-stable milk, pudding cups, cheese cracker sandwiches, sunflower seeds, lasagna, red beans and rice, cereal, 100% juice," said Hudson.

To learn more about the backpack program, contact Hudson at 580-320-9426. Financial donations may be made to the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program through the Pawhuska Ministerial Alliance at P. O. Box 91.

"This is not the last time you will hear about Brownie troop 2097," said Kohnle said. "They have many more projects planned."