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Monday, July 15, 2019
Northwestern High School junior Madison Kocher holds a bag of food given to kids and their parents as part of the Weekend Food Pack program this summer at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Slatington. Every Friday, they received a bag of food to last them for the weekend. The program was part of Madison’s Gold Project for Girl Scouts.PRESS PHOTO BY TERRY AHNER Northwestern High School junior Madison Kocher holds a bag of food given to kids and their parents as part of the Weekend Food Pack program this summer at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Slatington. Every Friday, they received a bag of food to last them for the weekend. The program was part of Madison’s Gold Project for Girl Scouts.PRESS PHOTO BY TERRY AHNER

NWL student donates her time to earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Terry Ahner tahner@tnonline.com in School

For Madison Kocher, the conclusion of the Weekend Food Pack program at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Slatington, meant one day closer to the successful completion of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Madison spoke during the Breakfast Bunch program, where kids and their parents enjoy a free breakfast Monday through Friday in the summer.

“I saw the need and thought, ‘What are they going to do for food?’ ” she said. “After the first week, I saw how the parents and kids showed their appreciation.

“It made me feel like I was making a difference in their lives.”

The program assures that each Friday the children receive a bag of lunch to last them for the weekend, said Madison, who is a junior this year at Northwestern Lehigh High School.

Madison said she did about 30 bags a week, which is about how many children ages 3 to 18 within the Northern Lehigh School District attended the program.

As part of their bag of food, they received milk, vegetables, fruit, macaroni and cheese, fruit snacks, tuna and crackers, and either a can of ravioli or soup on a rotating basis.

Bonnie Young, who serves on the Gold Program Committee, said she was excited for Madison.

“I think she did very well with the project,” Young said. “It was a lot of hard work.”

Young said the Gold Program is the highest program around, and is the equivalent of the Eagle award for Boy Scouts.

The Gold Award is the top achievement in Girl Scouts, something that has not been lost on Madison, a member of Girl Scout Troop 6006.

Lynn Haab, coordinator of the Breakfast Bunch program, said this marked the ninth year for the program.

Haab said the program is funded by local donations including a $1,000 grant from the Bill Sugra Memorial Fund, the Lions, Slatington Rotary, Northern Lehigh Pastoral Association, individual churches from the pastoral association and individuals.

She said they had about 35 volunteers, about 1,000 breakfasts were served, and about 750 lunches were sent out as well.