Scouts joining forces on Scouting for Food service project to benefit Gleaners

Boy Scouts of America Great Lakes Field Service Council and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan will for the first time partner on Scouting for Food, a regionwide service project to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will collect food donations through Nov. 14. Gleaners is the collaborative partner to distribute the food to hungry people.

Scouts Nov. 7 began distributing bags in neighborhoods throughout their service areas, which includes Wayne County. Individuals who receive Scouting for Food bags, and would like to donate can leave non-perishable canned or boxed foods in the bags and place them on their porches for Scouts to pick up by Nov. 14. Foods in glass containers will not be accepted.

More than 250 Boy Scout units and Girl Scout troops will participate. Together Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts hope to collect 250,000 pounds of food.
“Scouting for Food helps Gleaners stock pantry shelves in time for the holidays, which can be a difficult time for struggling families,” Gleaners president Gerry Brisson said. “With the two scouting organizations combining forces, we’ll be able to provide even more meals to children, adults and seniors who need help. I’m very excited for this new partnership.”

Last year, the Boy Scouts collected more than 183,000 pounds of food for Gleaners, and since the inception of its partnership with Gleaners in 2009, Boy Scouts have collected more than 2 million pounds of food donations for the organization.

Boy Scouts of America have spearheaded locally since 1988.

“Scouting for Food has been a tradition of Boy Scouts of America nationally for over 30 years,” said Vic Pooler, CEO of Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America. “This long standing commitment to community service is what Scouting is all about, and partnering with Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan is a wonderful way for more Scouts to canvass areas in our region to provide more food for the less fortunate before the holidays arrive and the need is so much greater.”

“This is the first-time our girls are participating in the Scouting for Food effort, and with more than 160 troops signed up to participate, I’m very pleased to see this level of enthusiasm and excitement,” said Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM. “Taking action to meet the needs of the community is at the foundation of Girl Scouting. It’s only natural that we would join in on such an important effort, and we are looking forward to a very successful first run.”

Last year, Gleaners distributed 34 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in southeastern Michigan. Scouting for Food helps to shore up Gleaners supplies of food it distributes to help feed people in need throughout southeast Michigan.