WF Boy Scouts to conduct annual food drive
The West Fargo Scouts make it an annual activity each year to collect food to fill the shelves of the Emergency Food Pantry during their Scouting Food Drive. Last year, 19,568 pounds of food was collected by the Fargo-Moorhead, West Fargo, Horace and Mapleton area scouts with West Fargo, Horace and Mapleton Scouts collecting 7,210 pounds of that total.
Organizers view the drive as a marvelous way to do a "good turn" for those less fortunate in the community and are thankful to everyone who has contributed in the past to help make the drive the success that it has grown into.
On that note, Scouting for food is scheduled to start on March 19, and will be coordinated the same way as last year with the scouts placing door hangers on each house, instead of the plastic bags used last year, as a reminder of the drive. During the week, citizens can place the food in a bag of their choice to have ready for March 26, when the scouts will return to pick up the bags of food.
Food donations can also be taken to the West Fargo Sunmart parking lot at 1100 13th Ave. E., from 9 a.m. to noon, on March 26, where a truck will be positioned to accept the contributions. Residents are asked not to include glass containers of food in the bags for the scouts to handle as it could be dangerous.
All donations to the food shelves in March and through April 8 are eligible to receive two incentive allocations. The money collected is based on the pounds of food collected. The first incentive is from Minnesota FoodShare and the second is from the Alan Feinstein Foundation in New Jersey. This is the only time of year that these incentives are available to food shelves, so everyone's donation automatically turns into more for the food shelf.
The Emergency Food Pantry serviced 22,933 people during the year of 2010, in the Fargo-Moorhead, West Fargo area. "A total of 917,300 pounds of food was given away to 6,860 families in 2010," stated Linda Clark, coordinator for the Emergency Food Pantry.
Scouts involved in the West Fargo Food Drive are from Pack 228, chartered by the Red River Reformed Church; Pack 232, chartered by the West Fargo VFW; Pack 234, chartered by the West Fargo Exchange Club; Pack 246, chartered by Triumph Lutheran Church; Pack 274, chartered by the Horace Lions Club; Pack 282, chartered by the Mapleton Fire Department; Troop 213, chartered by Faith Lutheran Church; Troop 232, chartered by the West Fargo VFW; Troop 246, chartered by Triumph Lutheran Church; Troop 274, chartered by Horace Lutheran Church; and Troop 279, chartered by Holy Cross Catholic Church.
If your food bag was missed, or you forgot to put it out, of if you have questions about the drive, you are encouraged to contact Judy Millar at 282-2492. She will be happy to pick up bags and deliver them to the food pantry. Citizens can also take contributions to the Emergency Food Pantry located at 1438 10th St. N., Fargo.