Scouting for Food Totals are in!! Mecklenburg County Boy Scouts Collect 240,000 lbs of food for Charlotte’s Hungry !
A generous Charlotte-Mecklenburg community has donated 240,000 lbs. of food for hungry neighbors in need during February’s 2017 Scouting for Food Drive to benefit Loaves & Fishes.
An estimated 3,000 Boy Scouts from The Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts of America went door-to-door February 4th collecting food, as well as staffed 10 food collection sites throughout Mecklenburg County on February 4th and 5th. Collection barrels were also located in all Mecklenburg County Harris Teeter stores February 4th – 12th.
“What a generous community we live in,” says Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Tina Postel. “This massive effort has guaranteed that there will be groceries in the homes of hungry families for months to come. We are so grateful!”
“As this was my first Scouting for Food, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” adds Postel. “Seeing hundreds upon hundreds of bags filled with food spread out across the parking lots of multiple collection sites – I’ve never seen anything like it. It was an incredible sight to see. I have been blown away by the mobilization of thousands Boy Scouts, multiple drop-off locations and the response of this incredibly generous community – all in one weekend! We cannot begin to thank the Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts enough, not to mention the generous support of our corporate partners Harris Teeter and Stegall Trucking as well as the media coverage from NBC Charlotte and 103.7 WSOC. It has been absolutely amazing!”
A successful drive is critical for the hungry in Charlotte-Mecklenburg as Loaves & Fishes depends on the Scouting for Food drive to provide up to 20% of the food distributed to hungry neighbors in need throughout the year. Just last year, Loaves & Fishes provided a week’s worth of groceries to 67,509 individuals through its network of 20 food pantries in Mecklenburg Co.
“It’s a Good Turn for America,” says Mecklenburg Co. BSA Scout Executive and CEO Mark Turner. “It’s what we do to become good citizens and we’re training boys across the county how to be good citizens, how to get involved in their community and be a part of something bigger than they are.”
Corporate partner Harris Teeter kicked off the drive by donating 120 cases of Loaves & Fishes’ priority food needs including canned fruit, canned meat and cereal. Harris Teeter also teamed up with the Charlotte 49ers for Harris Teeter Assists at the 49ers’ men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. For every Niners’ assist during the game, Harris Teeter committed to donate $50 worth of food to the Scouting for Food program. The team dished out 12 assists in their 95-80 win, which brought Harris Teeter’s total donation to $600. Additionally, Boy Scouts, volunteers from Loaves & Fishes and Harry the Happy Dragon were on-site at Halton Arena collecting canned food and money for Scouting for Food before and during the game. The group gathered another $408 and 152 pounds of food thanks to the generosity of the fans.
Scouting for Food is the Mecklenburg County Council Boy Scouts of America (MCCBSA) annual council-wide service project collecting over 1.8 million lbs of food since 2010. The MCCBSA would like to thank everyone in the community who donated food, as well as all our corporate partners, scouts, and parents in making Scouting for Food such a success.
Scouting for Food was sponsored by Mecklenburg County Council of The Boy Scouts of America, Harris Teeter, NBC Charlotte, The New 103.7 WSOC, and Stegall Trucking.
Loaves & Fishes provides a week’s supply of nutritionally balanced groceries at no cost to individuals and families who are experiencing a crisis through a network of 20 food pantries in Meck. Co. For more information about Loaves & Fishes visit www.loavesandfishes.org. For more information about Mecklenburg County Council of The Boy Scouts of America, visit www.mccscouting.org