The Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America has changed the schedule for its annual Scouting for Food Drive. In past years, this food drive has been held during the first two weekends of November. Beginning now, in 2019, this food drive is to occur during the first two weekends of April.
The primary reason the timing has been changed is because in the pre-holiday season there are several food drives performed by other community organizations. These multiple food drives have provided the local food pantries with enough food to support the needy during the holiday season. But in the spring, five months later, the pantries are running low on their food supplies because food drives are at a minimum. The Council’s desire is to support the community pantries during this time of need.
Scouting for Food is Five Rivers Council’s largest service project involving thousands of Scouts and volunteers in the southern tier of New York and northern tier of Pennsylvania. Since 2000, Scouts in Five Rivers Council, their families and volunteer leaders have collected over 1 million food items for our neighbors living with hunger. The council’s goal this year is 150,000, non-perishable food items.
On Saturday, April 6, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers from across the Five Rivers Council will be placing Scouting for Food Door Hangers, which explain the campaign, on doorknobs of homes across the Five Rivers Council Scouting area. Scouts will return to pick up bags of food on Saturday, April 13, early in the morning. Donations should be placed on porches or outside doors for quick pick up beginning at 7 a.m.
Food donations needed include canned items such as vegetables, meat, chili, soups, juices, and baby items. Boxed or bagged meals and pastas are also welcome. The ideal food donation bag would include one of each. Please nothing perishable, frozen or in a glass container. Monetary donations cannot be accepted.
All food items collected will stay in our local communities, and benefit food banks in the Five Rivers Council, 10 county service area.
Scouting has always stepped up to provide needed services to our local communities, and there is no greater need than hunger in the Five Rivers Council Scouting area. There are children and adults in our local communities that do not have enough food to eat each day to meet their basic nutritional needs. With this drive, especially at a time when food pantries are in need, the organizers hope to ensure that there is enough food to go to our local food pantries to help feed those in need.