Boy Scouts to hold annual food drive on April 28
By Daily Courier
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012,
The Westmoreland-Fayette Council, Boy Scouts of America, wants help in the fight against hunger in the two-county region with its annual food drive to benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank and the Fayette County Community Action Food Bank.
The annual food drive will be held April 28. Thousands of Scouts will place door hangers encouraging families to contribute toward the goal of 85,000 pounds. This year, Nationwide Insurance has joined the effort as a sponsor and partner. For households or businesses that do not receive a hanger on their door, Nationwide agencies will serve as a collection point throughout the two counties through April. Details for locations in the area can be found at the United Way of Westmoreland County's website, www.unitedway4u.org, and clicking on the Scouting for Food image.
Jarrod Meeder of Greensburg is chairman of the food drive. Scouting for Food is a community effort, with the Boy Scouts teaming with UPS, United Way of Westmoreland County, United Way of South Fayette, the two local food banks in each of those counties, churches, service clubs, businesses and schools to collect food for the needy.
Scouting for Food is one of the most altruistic services performed by the Boy Scouts. It was started in 1988 to address one of four pressing "national unacceptable situations" identified by the organization.
Scouting for Food is one of the largest food-collection drives of the year.
"During these tough economic times, basic needs like food are critical to many, many families in our area, and we see this as an important role our Scouts can play in supporting the community," said Jack Waite of the Westmoreland-Fayette Council.
Collected food is redistributed locally via food banks, food pantries and similar organizations; in the Fay-West area, these include the Westmoreland County Food Bank and Fayette County Community Action Food Bank.
Each month in the two counties, more than 10,000 families are hungry and in need of help. Those families include about 7,000 children.
"No child should ever feel the agony of hunger," Waite said. "The means to an end begins with us."
For more information, in Westmoreland County, call Louise Wilhelm at 724-468-8660, ext. 13, or visit www.westmorelandfoodbank.org; in Fayette County, call Jamie Brink at 724-437-6050, ext. 1264, or visit www.fccaa.org.
For more information about the council, call the Scout Service Center in Greensburg at 724-837-1630.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.