2018 Marks 25th Anniversary of Scouting for Food for Loaves & Fishes
Saturday, February 3rd, the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America will go Scouting for Food. Scouts will go door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County collecting non-perishable food items for Loaves & Fishes. Last year’s Scouting for Food drive collected 240,000 pounds of food to help feed hungry neighbors in need.
This year marks 25th anniversary of Scouting for Food’s partnership with Loaves & Fishes. Since 1993, Scouting for Food has brought in 4.5 million pounds of food for Loaves & Fishes to feed hungry neighbors in need.
Scouting for Food is the super bowl of food drives for Loaves & Fishes with the food collected used to stock pantry shelves after the busy holiday season. Loaves & Fishes provides a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries through a network of 30 emergency food pantries in Mecklenburg County. In 2017, Loaves & Fishes fed over 75,000 people, 48% were children.
Priority needs include canned meat, canned fruit, canned pastas, corn muffin mix, cereal and 100% fruit juice.
There are multiple ways to participate and make a difference for the hungry in our community!
1. SCOUTING FOR FOOD – Saturday, February 3: Mecklenburg County Boy Scouts will distribute grocery bags provided by Harris Teeter in neighborhoods throughout the county in the week prior to February 3rd. Simply fill the bags with non-perishable food items and leave outside your home by 9am for pick up by Scouts on Saturday, Feb. 3rd.
2. DROP-OFF FOOD DONATIONS AT ANY MECKLENBURG CO. HARRIS TEETER February 3 through February 11:Food Collection barrels will be located in all Mecklenburg County Harris Teeter stores Feb. 3 through Feb. 11.
3. DROP-OFF FOOD DONATIONS AT VARIOUS SCOUTING FOR FOOD COLLECTION SITES, Feb. 3, 10am-3pm& Feb. 4, 12:30pm-2:30pm: Tractor Trailer Trucks will be collecting food donations at various locations throughout the county. Boy Scouts will be on hand to collect donations at these locations February 3, 10am-4pm& February 4, 12:30pm-2:30pm. In Mint Hill, a collection site is located at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, Visitwww.loavesandfishes.org for a complete list of collection sites.
Scouting for Food is sponsored by Mecklenburg County Council of The Boy Scouts of America, Harris Teeter, NBC Charlotte, The New 103.7 WSOC-FM, and Stegall Trucking.
Loaves & Fishes provides a week’s supply of nutritionally balanced groceries at no cost to individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis through a network of 30 food pantries in Mecklenburg County.
For more information about Loaves & Fishes visit www.loavesandfishes.org
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