By Maria Milligan
Mar 12, 2015

Help Fight Hunger With Scouting for Food

It’s Scouting for Food time again! This year marks the 28th anniversary of our three Utah Councils working with the Utah Food Bank to Fight Hunger Statewide. This year, in an effort to minimize waste, the Utah Food Bank is asking that people use bags or boxes they already have to donate food. So instead of a bag on your doorknob this Saturday, you’ll find a door hanger reminding you about food pickup on Saturday, March 21st. (Didn’t get a door hanger?  Print your own by clicking here: Door Hanger.)

homepagefoodFor groups participating in communities with a Smith’s Food & Drug store, donors will also have the option of visiting their local store and contributing at check stands by utilizing a special bar code printed on the door hanger they receive.

Scouting for Food has been a force for good in our area for decades. It’s amazing what communities can accomplish when they pull together. In their newsletter last year, the Community Action Food Bank in Provo wrote about community hero Blair Andreason, who always goes above and beyond to help with Scouting for Food:

Blair has helped out with Scouting for Food for the last eight years. Every year he goes to the Payson food drop off location and runs the forklift for the city of Payson. This year, an outpouring of food and support came from the community. By 11am many of the 14 collecting locations in Utah Valley were completely out of boxes to hold the food; leaving volunteers with no choice but to put the endless wave of food bags on the pavement until more boxes arrived. The Payson location was no exception.

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So much food, the boxes were filled to overflowing

Way to Go!
Scouting for Food brought in over 300,000 pounds of food last year.

All the food crates were filled, so volunteers just started stacking food bags everywhere and anywhere. Blair loaded up the wooden boxes full of food, and turned to see the mountain of food bags remaining. More crates would soon arrive to take the food, but it was just Blair left with Craig and Dave from Community Action to move the food into the crates. Blair saw the need for help and immediately called Payson City Councilman Scott Phillips to come and assess the situation.

Councilman Phillips arrived shortly and then called the mayor. Soon the whole city was buzzing with the news that there was a need to help, and over 20 firefighters, emergency personnel, and council members with their families arrived to help box the food.

Thanks to Blair and his efforts, food was able to leave Payson on time, all while involving the entire city. Thank you Blair for all you do!

Blair Andreason with other Scouting volunteers in 2014

Blair Andreason said of the program, “I think Scouting for Food is one of the most wonderful programs out there.”

And you can be part of it. Watch for that door hanger this Saturday, or, if you want to drop the food off yourself, you can bring it to one of the many drop off locations statewide.

Utah County Drop off Locations:

American Fork—6th/8th Ward Church Building, 320 N 100 E
Eagle Mountain—1 blk east of Maverick Station, 3688 Campus Dr.
Highland—Highland Church, 10390 N Alp Hwy
Lehi—Lehi Stake Center, 200 N Center
Orem—Scout Office, 748 N 1340 W
Orem—Sharon Stake Center, 545 S 800 E
Orem—Northridge Ward Church, 150 E 1750 N
Payson—Mountain View Stake Center, 75 S 600 E
Pleasant Grove—Ace Hardware, 330 S Main
Provo—Community Action Services (Provo), 815 S Freedom
Spanish Fork—Utah County South Armory, 2500 N Main
Springville—Springville Armory, 125 S 700 E

 

For other counties, see the list of drop off locations here or on the Utah Food Bank Website.

If you need flyers for this service project click here: Scouting for Food 2015 Flyer.

Join us this year and help us fight hunger across the state!

 

Fleur De Lis
Author: Activites and Civic Service Committee | Utah National Parks Council

 

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