Norton Girl Scouts Assemble Food and Hygiene Bags for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Hygiene and Food Bags That Were Donated

On April 19th, a group of 24 Girl Scouts from the Norton area met to assemble Food and Hygiene Bags for families served by Project RISE. Each attendee brought at least 50 items for the bags and helped put them together. Close to 200 bags were put together and given to Project RISE. The food bags contain non-perishable food items,  water bottles and the hygiene bags include items such as; shaving cream, tooth brushes, shampoo and even laundry detergent.

Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength Through Education). Project RISE, managed by Debra Manteghi, is a federally funded program through Ohio Department of Education. This program is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

PR2Rachel Breece and Debra Manteghi of Project RISE Meet Tiffany Mead


50 of the bags were given out at the recent Summit Up Event at Oasis Youth Outreach Program. Area youth were invited to attend the Summit Up Event to meet with prospective employers, participate in mock interviews and visit with several representatives from Akron area agencies who assist homeless and at-risk youth. Kelly Urbano and Mark Reaman of Project RISE hosted a table at this special event in which several of the food and hygiene bags were distributed to youth in attendance.

The rest of the bags will be given out at the Project RISE Spring Celebration and PACT (Performing Arts Can Teach) Dinner Theatre events in May. Any leftover bags will be given out at the next Project RISE Teen Night event scheduled for June.

PR1Tiffany Mead Unloads Donated Bags With Help From Project RISE Intern, Maria Lombardi


The project was organized by Tiffany Mead, who leads of Troop 90039 and oversees every troop in her service unit. Dozens of girls from troops 90462, 90436, 91483 and 90039, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets, participated in the project. Ms. Mead was very happy with the turnout, explaining that each girl brought at least 50 items to put in to the bags.

Ms. Mead delivered the bags to Project RISE the day after the girls stuffed the bags. She explained that this was a great learning experience for the girls, saying: “I’m a Girl Scout Leader who wants to teach the girls about how to give back and be a good neighbor.”

Tiffany Mead Unloads Donated Bags With Help From Project RISE Intern, Maria Lombardi. Ms. Mead learned about Project RISE through Sage Lewis, Akron Entrepreneur, writer and Project RISE Advocate.

For more information on Project RISE and how you can help, please contact Debra Manteghi at 330-761-2969 or or go to:

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