Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts to join forces in collecting food for hungry

February 21, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Carroll County Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will join other metropolitan area Scouts on Saturday to distribute more than 300,000 plastic grocery bags to residents in the organization's seventh annual Scouting for Food drive for the hungry.

"On Feb. 26 the Scouts will go around and place the bags on doorknobs, then on March 5 they'll go back out and collect the bags that, hopefully, people have filled with food," said Richard Behrens, director of development and communications for the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts.

Residents may also take their filled bags to a collection point between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 5. In Carroll County, food may be taken to Carroll County Food Sunday, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster, or to Carrolltown Center on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Additionally, as a sponsor of the program, all Giant Food stores in the metropolitan area will accept donations March 5. Scouts will be at the stores to collect groceries. The Giant Food in Carroll County is on Route 140 and Center Street in Westminster.

Scouting volunteers will box the food, and Maryland National Guard personnel will deliver donations from the drop-off sites to local food banks.

The Scouts hope to collect more than 250,000 pounds of food to help area food banks through the rest of the winter. Since the program began in 1988, Scouts have collected 933,000 pounds of food for the needy throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.

In Carroll County, 82,450 pounds of food have been collected through the program since its inception in 1988, Mr. Behrens said.

Carroll County has more than 50 Cub Pack and Boy Scout troops, about three-fourths of which will work on the project, Mr. Behrens said. He expects close to 1,000 Scouts and their parents to be involved in collecting food in Carroll this year.

Troops pick the communities they want to target with bags in a first-come, first-served "Land Rush." Bags are printed with information on the Scouting for Food program, sponsors' logos and instructions on what kind of food to put in the bag and when and how it can be picked up or taken to a collection point.

"The big thing is reminding people on March 5 to put the bag out," Mr. Behrens said. "Radio station WPOC has been very good about sponsoring the program and reminding people with updates on the collection."

Mr. Behrens also noted that food will stay in the locality where it is collected. "Carroll County food will stay in Carroll County," he said. "It doesn't go to the Maryland Food Bank or Baltimore City."

People who don't get a Scouting for Food bag can still take a donation March 5 to any of the three locations in Carroll County.

For information, call Mr. Behrens at (410) 338-1700.

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