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Scouts return to collect food Saturday

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Area Boy and Cub Scouts, Brownies and community volunteers return to the streets of Carrollton at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov, 23, to collect donated non-perishable food items in the second weekend of the 27th annual Scouting for Food project.

Last Saturday morning all of these community volunteers walked door-to-door distributing notes reminding area residents that they would return this Saturday to collect donated canned and boxed food items to be distributed to the hungry of this county through the Community Food Pantry and the Carroll County Crisis Center. Residents are asked to leave their donations on their front steps by 9 a.m. Saturday to be picked up.

 “Our scouts will hit the streets by 9 a.m. this Saturday,” Scoutmaster Scott Nab said, “so it’s very important that everyone put their donations out on their front porches as early as possible.  We have a lot of territory to cover on Saturday.”

Scouts will return to the city streets of Carrollton, M & T Road, and the Indian Hills, Sycamore Trace, Camelia Court, Burley Estates, Meadowbrook and Oakview Estates subdivisions.   People who live outside these areas and want to participate in the drive can leave their donated items at the Carroll County Water District No. 1 office in Ghent;  the Carroll County Public Library;  their personal churches, or in the barrel provided at Kroger, from which the items will be collected.

 “While all donated food items are appreciated”, stated Ruth H. Baxter, local food bank coordinator, “we really need canned meat or tuna, canned soup, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and jelly, dried beans and rice.”

In the past, Carroll Countians have been generous with their donations.  Last year’s donations included more than 18,000 non-perishable items.

“We anticipate filing 300 families’ request for food at Christmas, and January and February are months that impact our supplies greatly. This is the only collection we make each year for food items, so it is important that we receive sufficient quantities to provide food for the needy of this community year ‘round,” Baxter said.

A typical food basket for a family of four allows them to eat for three to five days and includes two cans each of green beans, corn, pork and beans and assorted vegetables; canned tuna or meat, soup and fruit; a box of macaroni and cheese; a box of crackers; a jar of spaghetti sauce and a package of noodles; a box of cereal; dried beans; rice; and fruit juice, if available.

Phillip Morris International has again donated $5,000 to supplement the canned items in the Christmas food baskets. “The grant from Phillip Morris will enable us to purchase milk, bread, margarine and hamburger for each of the baskets this year,” Baxter said.

Anyone wanting to help with the collection of donated food, or those wanting to assist in sorting and shelving the items once picked up, should meet at St. John’s Church parking lot by 9 a.m. Saturday. 

Nab is responsible for coordinating the scouts’ efforts. Drivers are needed to assist the scouts in collecting donated food items, and volunteers are needed to unbag, sort and shelf donated items.  Anyone interested in helping is welcome.

For more information, contact Nab at (502) 732-9208 or Baxter at (502) 732-6688.