Mecklenburg Co. Scouts Go Scouting for Food Saturday, February 5th

Saturday, February 5, the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America will go Scouting for FoodScouts will go door-to-door throughout Mecklenburg Co. collecting non-perishable food items for Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays. Thanks to the 346,000 lbs of food collected in last year’s Scouting for Food Drive, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays was able to respond to the increased hunger needs of our community due the continuing pandemic.

The week prior to Feb. 5, Mecklenburg Co. Boy Scouts will distribute bright red Scouting for Food door hangers, generously provided by Harris Teeter, in neighborhoods throughout the county.  If you receive a door hanger, simply fill a bag or box with non-perishable food items and leave outside your home by 9:00 am for pick up by the Scouts on Saturday, Feb. 5th. 

Priority needs include canned fruit (in fruit juice), canned meats, canned pastas and canned vegetables.  We are especially in need of low sodium, low fat and low sugar items. No glass items please! 

If you do not receive a door hanger, you can still give!! You can drop off food donations at any of the locations listed below on Saturday, Feb. 5, 10am-3pm & Sunday, Feb. 6, 12:30pm-2:30pm (at certain locations indicated below) OR at the Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays warehouse Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm located at 648 Griffith Rd.

If you prefer, you can make a financial donation here directly to Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays or text 44321 on your mobile phone and enter the code: Scout4Food.   

Scouts will be on hand to collect donations at these locations:

Ada Jenkins Center – 212 Gamble St., Davidson (Saturday, Feb. 5 only drop-off site)

Arboretum Shopping Center – Providence Rd. & Highway 51 (across from the Harris Teeter), Charlotte

Huntersville United Methodist Church – 14005 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church – 11501 Bain School Rd., Mint Hill (Saturday, Feb. 5 only drop-off site)

Sharon Presbyterian Church – 5201 Sharon Rd., Charlotte

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian – 8601 Bryant Farms Rd, Charlotte (Saturday, Feb. 5 only drop-off site)

Steele Creek Athletic Association – 13530 Choate Circle, Charlotte (Saturday, Feb. 5 only drop-off site)

Town Center Plaza – 8600 University City Blvd., Charlotte

Trinity Presbyterian Church – 3115 Providence Rd., Charlotte (Saturday, Feb. 5 only drop-off site)

Scouting for Food is the largest community-wide food drive of the year for Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays and we depend on food donated to restock pantry shelves depleted during the busy holiday season. Last year, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays provided a week’s worth of groceries and meals to over 80,000 people in Mecklenburg County. That’s enough to fill Bank of America stadium – almost half were children.

Scouting for Food is sponsored by Mecklenburg County Council of The Boy Scouts of America, Harris Teeter, WCNC Charlotte and Stegall Trucking.