Charitable Outreach

The Grill Scouts formed in an effort to bring food to those in need. As Girl Scouts, members of what would become the Grill Scout competition BBQ team organized an ambitious food drive and music festival for their Gold Award project (the highest honor in scouting).

They have kept that tradition alive by organizing a food collection at each event that they have competed at. Thousands of pounds of food (both cooked food from competitors and canned) have been donated to Island Harvest and their adjuncts, providing much needed food for those in need.

Being from Long Island, NY, the Grill Scouts were right in the path of Hurricane Sandy that devastated much of the north east. Over the course of two weekends we worked with other BBQ teams to help feed roughly 24,000 people in Babylon and Long Beach (two towns that are on the water). 

Additionally, the Grill Scouts started a new tradition last spring by cooking for the Ronald McDonald House on Long Island. Providing true low and slow BBQ for the children and their families was a highlight of the year for the team. They returned to cook again for the Ronald  McDonald House on June 4th.

From the Ronald  McDonald House -

From a letter to the Grill Scouts on April 16, 2012 -

On behalf of the Gerald J Ryan Outreach Center and The Mercy Inn Soup Kitchen than you all so much for the food you were able to donate to us this weekend

The Gerald J Ryan Outreach Center was destroyed over 4 years ago by a fire started by an arsonists we are still in the process of rebuilding. How ever the fire did not stop us from serving over 500 families a week we are the largest Outreach on Long Island in one of the poorest neighborhoods.

The Mercy Inn soup kitchen serves a hot lunch to 70-120 people Monday to Friday from 1200 until 1pm If is was not for donations like this from groups like you both places would have a real problem.

Thank you again

Charles Cicio
Volunteer Food Coordinator for the Gerald J Ryan Outreach

Roughly 10% of the food donated at the 2010 WilliePallooza

Part of the huge line of Long Beach residents and first responders  being fed after Hurricane Sandy