Scouts come together for food drive, collect more than 10,000 items
Northborough- Despite rainy weather and overall chilly conditions, members of the Boys and Girl Scouts in town came together for a great cause – the support of the annual Scouting for Food Drive.
With the demand for food at area food banks climbing higher and higher, the need for donations has never been more important. The turnout and support for the event impressed and thrilled Northborough Food Pantry Director Sue Seppa.
“This is the largest food drive of the year for our Pantry and without the help of the Scouts it would not be possible,” Seppa said.
On Nov. 14 Scouts visited houses throughout the town picking up a variety of food products donated by residents. The pickups were then combined with bags of food and food-related products that had been delivered to designated drop-off areas by residents the previous weekend.
The result was an overwhelming success with more than 10,500 items being donated.
With help from organizers like Committee Chairman of Troop 101 Ron Koshko and Girl Scout Troop Leader Michele Pfannenstiel, the community involvement was a large part of the success.
“To actually (fill the pantry stockroom) at the end of the day is an accomplishment, but more importantly a reflection of people and neighbors helping neighbors,” Koshko said. “It’s amazing to see how many people in Northborough participate in not only volunteering their time but by donating.”
The inclement weather made the collection eff orts all that more impressive, especially from the young volunteers.
“I’m extraordinarily proud of them,” Pfannenstiel said. “They went out there, they braved the elements, and they did a great community service job.”
It was a unique undertaking for the troops. The total team eff ort in bringing both the Boys and Girls Scouts together for an important cause was a sign of unity. Koshko was impressed with how the teamwork went.
“This is fairly new,” Koshko said. “This was the first time we had a full fledged eff ort from the Boys and Girls Scouts.”
Pfannenstiel was happy to see the two groups ability to be a cohesive team.
“I thought it was a fabulous day of the Boys and Girls Scouts coming together to help the town be a better place to be and helping out those that need help,” Pfannenstiel said.
Both leaders hope this experience will help the young scouts in the future.
“They realize that there are people out there who need these things that they aren’t able to pay for it themselves,” Koshko said. “It’s a great way to teach the kids and they responded to it extremely well.”
Pfannenstiel is confident the Scouts will truly value their participation in the food drive.
“It’s such a nice feeling to give back, and that’s what part of Scouting is,” Pfannenstiel said.
For residents whose items were not picked up by Scouts due to the weather, the donations are still welcomed. They can be dropped off to the Food Pantry at its first-floor location at Town Hall, which is across the hall from the Recreation Department. Monetary donations can be mailed to Northborough Food Pantry Town Hall, 63 Main Street Northborough MA 01532.
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