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Healthy Shopping Course Earns Gold Award For Ridgefield Girl Scout

Morgan Sandhu of Ridgefield created created Shopping With Ease to help senior citizens prepare healthy meals to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Morgan Sandhu of Ridgefield created created Shopping With Ease to help senior citizens prepare healthy meals to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Morgan Sandhu of Ridgefield created a program to help senior citizens in her town eat healthy, earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Sandhu created Shopping With Ease, a two-part program giving senior citizens better access to healthy food.

It provided coordinators to assist senior citizens in ordering food from local grocery stores online. Then she created a cookbook specifically tailored for senior citizens' needs to help them prepare nutritious meals.

This project will be continued by the  Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association. Sandhu is attending Dartmouth University.

“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

“Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication," she said.

"Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. "We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”

Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored 61 girls across the state earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven.

Sandhu is one of six girls from Ridgefield who earned her Gold Award this year. 

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. To earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community. 

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit or call 800-922-2770.

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