Food collections go to help fill local food banks for the Holidays … fill a bag and help feed the hungry!
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania, (November, 2014) – Boy Scouts and volunteers from the local Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council will be out Saturday, November 8th collecting non-perishable food for the annual Scouting For Food community food drive. Door hangers will be delivered throughout many area neighborhoods this Saturday letting residents know about the food drive. For residents who did not get a door hanger, food may be dropped off at any participating area Wegmans food stores, WFMZ-TV, Lafayette Ambassador Bank branch, local Wegman’s, Walmart and Ray Price Car Dealerships.
This is one of the area’s largest single-day food drives. Last year Scouting For Food brought in nearly 200,000 pounds of food for local food banks. That’s enough food to feed over 10,000 people for a week. 2014 is the Scout’s 28th year conducting the annual food drive, with over three million pounds of food being distributed to local food banks during this period.
“There is no better example of community service than the Boy Scouts, Scouting for Food Good Turn. Local food pantries struggle to provide the support required by those in need… especially during the holiday season.”
“Scouts are prepared to help meet this need by collecting and delivering over 200,000 pounds of food to local pantries. It’s a great learning experience for our Scouts and best of all; it’s ultimately kids helping kids,” commented Minsi Trails Council Scout Executive, Craig Poland.
Kathy Craine, television personality with WFMZ-TV 69, is the Scouting for Food chairperson again this year. “Scouting For Food makes a tremendous positive impact on our local communities,” Kathy Craine commented. “Since nearly 40 percent of food bank donations go to feed children, Scouting For Food is really about kids helping to feed kids. It’s heartwarming and important for our communities.”
This is the largest of many major service projects that the Boy Scouts conduct each year. Nearly, 4,000 local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and volunteers typically participate in the food drive along with many area businesses.
About Minsi Trails Council
Minsi Trails Council provides leadership and character development programs to nearly 11,500 youth with 4,000 adult volunteers. The council serves young people throughout the Anthracite Region, Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania along with western New Jersey and serves six-counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne, and Warren counties. The local Scouting heritage dates back more than 103 years when the council’s first Scout troops were established in the Allentown and Easton areas. To learn more about Scouting, visit www.minsitrails.com.