I received the following press release with a note that area food banks are hurting this year and wanted to spread the word:
The annual Scouting for Food Drive will start this Saturday, November 2, when thousands of scouts in Frederick County will drop off bags and flyers donated by Safeway, the Lube Center and Gorilla Magazine. A week later, November 9, the scouts will return to pick up bags of groceries, which will be distributed to local food banks in the county.
“Each year this food drive provides an opportunity for scouts of all ages to directly assist community members, who are down on their by collecting food for their local food bank,” said Richard Griffin, Scouting for Food – Appalachian Trail District Coordinator. “We hope to exceed last year’s total by 5% to help us keep pace with increased demand.
“Tens of thousands of scouts across the region will participate in the 2013 Scouting for Food Drive,” Griffin said. “Our young people look forward to this project every year, because Scouting is all about service and doing a good turn every day.” After scouts distribute the bags, they ask people to fill the bags and place them on their porch for easy pickup.
The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs supports this project every year. “This food drive benefits local food banks all across Frederick County,” said Rev. Brian Scott, Executive Director of the Religious Coalition. “Food raised will go to the food bank in that area and often times provides enough food to support needy families for a period of 3 to four months. This comes at time when the holidays are approaching and putting food on the table becomes more difficult.”
Local residents are asked to fill the bags with food sealed in jars, canned vegetables and meat and boxed staples such as cereal, pasta and rice. “Local food banks are extremely important in maintaining the food chain,” said Rev. Scott. “Families with children are served from a location in the community and many local families depend on them to keep food on the table.”
For additional information:
Rev. Brian Scott, 301-631-2670
Richard G. Griffin, 301-600-6361