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Mecklenburg Co. Scouts Go Scouting for Food Saturday, February 4th

Saturday, February 4, 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 202,000 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 to the rising inflation costs.

 

The week prior to Feb. 4, 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. 4th. 

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. 4, 10am-3pm & Sunday, Feb. 5, 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.

You can also drop off donations at Subaru South Blvd., 9201 South Blvd

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. 4 only drop-off site)

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

Good Shepherd Church – 13110 Moss Rd, Charlotte (Saturday, Feb. 4 only drop-off site)

Huntersville United Methodist Church – 14005 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church – 11501 Bain School Rd., Mint Hill (Saturday, Feb. 4 only drop-off site)

Sardis Presbyterian Church – 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte (Saturday, Feb. 4 only drop-off site)

Sharon Presbyterian Church – 5201 Sharon Rd., Charlotte

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian – 8601 Bryant Farms Rd, Charlotte (Saturday, Feb. 4 only drop-off site)

Town Center Plaza – 8600 University City Blvd., Charlotte

You can also drop off donations at Subaru South Blvd., 9201 South Blvd

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 nutritious groceries to over 106,547 people in Mecklenburg Co. and 133,662  Almost half were children and seniors.

Over the past year, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays has seen a significant increase in the number of Mecklenburg Co. neighbors facing food insecurity.

Surging costs in housing, fuel, utilities and especially food, have stretched already tight budgets to their breaking point.

In 2022:
  • 106,547 neighbors in Mecklenburg Co. received groceries through our network of food pantries and grocery home delivery program.

  • An increase of 38% year over year! (106,547 vs. 77,140 in 2021)

  • Almost half were children and seniors.

  • 65,835 neighbors received fresh produce through Pop Up Food Shares (a 35% increase over 2021)
  • Each weekday, hundreds of volunteers delivered 133,662 prepared meals through our Meals on Wheels program

The dramatic increase in food costs not only impacted struggling families but also dramatcially increased the amount Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays is spending on food. Food drive donations have been lower this past year at the same time that need has risen. To keep up with the increased demand, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays is having to purchase record amounts of food. We are hoping for a strong Scouting for Food to bring in much needed food! Funds donated are used to purchase perishable items such as fresh meat, produce and dairy such as milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs.

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays provides groceries, meals and hope through a network of food pantries, grocery home delivery and as the primary Meals on Wheels program for Mecklenburg Co.

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