Scouting For Food Begins On Sat.

Boy Scouts will be collecting donated food for area food banks.

Frederick, Md (KM) If you received a plastic bag attached to your door knob last week, you’re asked to fill it up with non-perishable foods. It’s part of the :”Scouting for Food” drive taking place on Saturday. “This is the largest food drive in Frederick County,” says Rev. Brian Scott, the Executive Director of the Religious Coalition. “Boy Scouts will be in neighborhoods throughout Frederick County. If you saw a bag on your door, we’re asking please donate some canned food items that you might not need.”

Reverend Scott says the Boy Scouts will collect that food and deliver it to banks around the community. He says the food will be distributed to local families in need. “About 1400 families per month come to food banks throughout Frederick County,” says Scott, who says they don’t have enough to feed their families. “So we’re encouraging folks to help out their neighbors in need.”

Some of the item that can be placed in the plastic bags include healthy cereals, baby food, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and pasta, canned sauce, canned soups, rice and instant potatoes. This food will be distributed to families in need.

Rev. Scott says area  food banks are running low. “Many times we have donations that have been received and in kind items that people have contributed. But they’re kind of running dry at this time. So we really need this help,” he says.

Many of these families in need  are facing eviction and foreclosure, or are single parent families. There are also those who are elderly or disabled, living on fixed incomes, or working at minimum wage jobs which cannot cover the costs of feeding their children, according to the Religious Coalition.

Reverend Scott when you fill up your bag, place it outside of your door by 9:00 AM on Saturday.

If you didn’t receive a bag, but would like to help, Scott  says you can send a cash donation to the Religious Coalition, 27 Degrange Street, Frederick, Md., 21701. Or call 301-631-2670 for more information.

The Scouting for Food drive is part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 15-22, 2016.

By Kevin McManus