Photo by John Mahaffey
By Guest Blogger Rebecca Novak Tibbitt from MomsCharlotte.com
Saturday, February 1, the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be “Scouting for Food.” Scouts will go door-to-door throughout Mecklenburg County collecting canned goods for Loaves & Fishes.
If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of these chilly Cub and Boy Scouts distributing and collecting thousands of bags to communities around Charlotte, like little grocery elves.
Last year’s Scouting for Food drive collected a record 264,000 pounds of food for Loaves & Fishes. This is pretty astounding considering that the average first-grade Tiger Scout weighs in at around 45 pounds.
This year, their goal is even higher at 275,000 pounds.
“Scouting for Food is the perfect way for kids to help kids,” says Beverly Howard, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes. “We provided food for 105,015 people in 2013 – almost half of them children. Food collected by the Boy Scouts will stock Loaves & Fishes’ pantries for the next three months. Our food is needed by folks who have homes and children, and frequently jobs, but whose lives are affected by a short-term emergency. Whether it is a car repair, loss of work hours, or unexpected medical expenses, food provided by Loaves & Fishes will keep them from having to choose between paying a bill or feeding their family.”
Kids, especially picky eaters, don’t always see the “value” in food. But, there are a lot of ways to make filling a bag of groceries a fun and meaningful family project.
How much money does it take to fill a bag? What if you bought items on sale and used coupons? What if you only had $10? How far could that get you? Are your choices healthy, or are they empty calories? Could you fill a bag from your own pantry? If so, what would you pick?
Priority needs include canned meat, canned pastas, cereal, canned fruit and 100% fruit juice.
There are three ways to donate food:
1. If you receive an empty grocery bag, fill it and leave it out for collection on Saturday, February 1.
2. Boy Scouts will be on hand to collect donations February 1, from 10am-4pm and February 2, from 12:30pm-2:30pm at a number of places in the area. Visit www.loavesandfishes.org for locations.
3. Food collection barrels will be located in all Mecklenburg County Harris Teeter stores from February 1 through February 9.
Over the past few years, my now 9-year old Webelo has enjoyed the camaraderie and good feelings that accompany doing a “good turn” with Scouting for Food. As we made our selections this week and filled up our own bag, he told me, “Mom, let’s fill it with the good stuff.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/01/29/4650255/iscouting-for-foodi-is-back.html#storylink=cpy