Scouts were out in full force in early March to collect food for the Howard County Food Bank and numerous area food pantries. This effort, called Scouting for Food (SFF), began on March 4 when scouts dropped off grocery bags at area homes with a note asking for food donations. On March 11, scouts returned to those homes to collect filled bags and transport donated food to their assigned food pantry locations.
Of the 90 scouting units that participated, the following were assigned to the Howard County Food Bank and contributed food there. They are Packs 122, 371, 513, 618, 838, 944, 1820, 2005 and Troops 75, 122, 162, 361, 513, 759 and 944.
Vehicle after vehicle pulled up to the food bank’s loading docks and an army of scouts toted in more than 8,359 pounds of food.
As if they hadn’t done enough already, SFF provided the food bank staff to check for expiration dates and to sort items. The staff came from Venture Crew 944, Venture Crew 373 and The Social Contract Corporation, a non-profit formed by students from Marriotts Ridge High School.
According to Maryland Hunger Solutions, one in eight Maryland households struggles with hunger. Thanks so much to the scouts for lending so many helping hands and obtaining so much food to combat this problem.
Another Bountiful Scout Food Collection
The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and their parents went to the Mall in Columbia on March 4, but shopping wasn’t on their agenda. They participated in the mall’s annual sleep-in and brought non-perishable food from the girls’ homes to support Harvest for the Hungry, the largest food drive in Maryland. The Howard County Food Bank was delighted to receive 2,705 pounds of food from this event to help low-income people in this county.