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Girl Scout Isabella Whitaker (left), 13, Noblesville, just launched her Silver Award project -- to collect 2,020 small bags or cans of dog and cat food for the Feeding Families Hamilton County food pantries, the nonprofit creation of Noblesville’s Mark Hall and wife, Lisa Hall (right).
Photo provided Girl Scout Isabella Whitaker (left), 13, Noblesville, just launched her Silver Award project -- to collect 2,020 small bags or cans of dog and cat food for the Feeding Families Hamilton County food pantries, the nonprofit creation of Noblesville’s Mark Hall and wife, Lisa Hall (right).
I always love to hear about kids caught being good.
That’s why today I’m writing about Isabella Whitaker, a seventh-grader at Noblesville West Middle School who’s doing good things in Girl Scouts while helping others in need.
She just launched her Silver Award Project working with Noblesville’s Hall family and their eight Hamilton County food pantries that they’ve opened this year.
“My goal is to collect 2,020 small bags or cans of dog and cat food for the Feeding Families of Hamilton County eight food pantries for my Silver Award Project,” the 13-year-old said. “This will benefit those struggling financially during this COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic. I hope to make a positive impact in our community by helping the pantries help the family pets and prevent families from having to surrender their pets to the Hamilton County Humane Society.”
Isabella is a big animal lover and has been involved with community programs to assist feeding families for several years.
For the Feeding Families project, Isabella is scheduling porch pickups for cat food and dog food donations to obtain the last of her 25 hours to complete, her mom Tiff Whitaker said. The project deadline is Oct. 15.
Isabella, who is in Girl Scout Troop 1956, has been in Girl Scouts since she was a Daisy. The Troop began at Hinkle Creek Elementary, then promoted to NWMS with home meetings, and during the pandemic has gone to Zoom video-conferencing, an easy-to-use online platform, which allows Club members to see each other and to interact.
The Silver Award is the second-highest award for a Girl Scout.
Feeding Families Hamilton County -- the creation of Mark Hall and wife Lisa Hall -- is thrilled to have Isabella on their team.
“The paperwork is signed. We are very excited to be recognized by the Girl Scouts as a service organization where young ladies may receive a service badge for helping our neighbors,” said Mark Hall of Noblesville. “Isabella planned, organized and was approved to provide pet food in the pantries throughout Hamilton County.”
The Feeding Families Facebook post shared the news this week commending Isabella. “Great job. Thank you Isabella for pioneering this program and best of luck achieving your goal,” Mark Hall posted.“We are so proud of you and can’t wait to watch you succeed.”
Isabella will have a booth and will be collecting pet food at the inaugural Feeding Families First Festival from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Hamilton County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), 7201 E. 196th St., Noblesville, located in Morse Beach Park.
Feeding Families is a local charity for food-impoverished individuals. “This will be the first festival of its kind in Hamilton County to raise awareness, network, donate and make some family memories,” Lisa Hall said. The festival will have live music, beer garden, wine tasting, food trucks, networking, guest speakers and more.
Isabella loves to volunteer.
She has volunteered with Food Rescue since third grade at Hinkle Creek Elementary and at NWMS. Food Rescue is a program in which some Noblesville Schools participate. At the end of each lunch period, students who have any unopened food (milk, applesauce, packaged peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches and whole fruit) may toss it in a Food Rescue container that’s saved daily by the school cafeteria staff, who stores the items in a special section of the cafeteria refrigerator. Then the Food Rescue youth volunteers count, sort and separate the items, then load the items into a van to be taken every Thursday to White River Christian Church’s food pantry. Since the Food Rescue program at Hinkle Creek started in July 2016, 65,443 lunch-tray items have been saved from the trash) The program was active with youth volunteers up until the pandemic.
“With friends and grandfather, they delivered food every Thursday while in third through fifth grade, and joined the NWMS team in sixth grade,” her mom said.
Isabella -- the daughter of Aaron and Tiff Whitaker and who has a 23-year-old brother, William Allemang -- has been involved in 4-H since third grade, as well, as a member of the Hamilton County Llamas 4-H Club and Travel Show Team, a Pocket Pets project champion and an active 4-H’er in the 4-H Veterinary Science project.
Also, this is Isabella’s first year as a Conner Prairie youth volunteer serving her hours as a costumed interpreter in Prairietown and a volunteer in the barn and at the Treetop Outpost.
To request a porch pickup for your pet food donations, email or call the Whitaker family at tiffwhitaker@gmail.com or 502-262-6562.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.