The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 4, 2013

Scouts to collect food on Saturday

The Daily Southerner
John H. Walker

ROCKY MOUNT — In the Boy Scout Oath, a Scout promises to help other people at all times.

This Saturday, residents of Eastern North Carolina will have the opportunity to help the less fortunate when local members of the Boy Scouts of America hold their annual “Scouting for Food” drive.

The collected food to will go to benefit a variety of local food distribution organizations, such as the food pantry at First Freewill Baptist Church. Food collected by Troop 816, sponsored by the church, will go to the food pantry and be distributed as needed.

Also participating in the “Scouting for Food” drive will be Troop 49, sponsored by Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church and Troop 96, sponsored by St. James United Methodist.

Residents wishing to help the Scouts are asked to leave non-perishable (no glass) food items on their front porch before 9 a.m. on Saturday. Teams of Scouts will revisit the neighborhoods where they placed blue hangers to collect the food.

Statistics collected for the 2010 Hunger in America Report for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC identifies persons receiving food from a pantry or food bank as:

• 29 percent of members of households served are children under 18 years old;

• 5 percent of members of households are children 0 to 5 years old;

• 8 percent of members of households are elderly;

• 74 percent have incomes below the federal poverty level, and

• 8 percent are homeless.

Persons wishing to participate, but did not find a blue door hanger on their front porch Saturday, should contact the sponsoring churched of the local troops or call Tar River “Scouting for Food” contact Cathy Ipock in Rocky Mount at 937-4226.