Local youth ‘scouting’ for food donations

At the record breaking 2012 Scouting for Food drive that collected over 300 crates of food for Neighbor to Neighbor, from left, Cub Scout DQ Norrgard and Eagle Scout Derik Norrgard helped out with the donations.

At the record breaking 2012 Scouting for Food drive that collected over 300 crates of food for Neighbor to Neighbor, from left, Cub Scout DQ Norrgard and Eagle Scout Derik Norrgard helped out with the donations.

Greenwich Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are teaming up once again with local food pantry Neighbor to Neighbor to conduct their annual “Scouting for Food” drive, during which food from the community is collected.

From 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, food donations can be brought to one of four drop-off locations: the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company at 266 Glenville Road; the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company at 200 East Putnam Avenue; the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department at 207 Sound Beach Avenue and Christ Church’s first floor Parish House at 254 E. Putnam Avenue.

Greenwich residents are encouraged to drop off non-expired items such as canned beans (not green), canned fruit, tuna, boxed milk, pasta sauce, jelly, peanut butter and more.

All donated food will be sorted then delivered by Scouts to Neighbor to Neighbor, with a goal of surpassing the 2012 record breaking collection amounts of more than 300 crates of food.

From the inception of the Scouting movement, Scouts have been urged to “do a good turn daily,”as it is the slogan for the Boy Scouts of America. “Scouting for Food” is an ongoing annual program and “good turn” that began in 1986 to collect food for local food banks.

Greenwich Scouting is partnering with Neighbor to Neighbor, located at Christ Church, to help fill the increasing need for food for families in the area, especially during non-holiday times like March.

Neighbor to Neighbor provides nutritious meals monthly to more than 500 local families through their Client Choice food pantry where clients actually have the opportunity to do their own shopping.

Additionally, 45% of the food provided by Neighbor to Neighbor feeds children.

To learn more about the Greenwich “Scouting for Food” drive visit GreenwichScouting.org.

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