Boys on scout for food

Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer

January 22, 2013

Elkin is about to get covered with plastic bags. It’s all part of the ‘Scouting for Food’ drive sponsored by Boy Scout troops throughout the region.

“People understand what we do and why we need to do it,” says Rick Caudle, who is serving as chair this year for the food drive.

The Boy Scouts will saturate Elkin and surrounding areas with plastic bags on Feb. 2. The bags may be filled with non-perishable items, which are in return donated to a local charity. Scouts will return to each location on February 9th to retrieve the bags, hopefully filled.

“Two main charities will receive all of the items,” said Caudle. “The food is taken the Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry and Yadkin County Ministries.

“We are so proud of our boys for their efforts to help collect food donations,” continued Caudle, who mentioned that he spent eight years himself volunteering for the Boy Scouts while his son participated.

Heather Macy, the executive director of Tri-County Crisis Ministry, said the endeavor held by the scouts are a vital part of allowing them to maintain services to the 400 people who rely on the ministry. Macy also recommended some of the items necessary to run the on-site food pantry.

“Peanut butter and jelly, plastic bottled juice, soup is great, and canned meats are very needed,” said Macy. “Donations of toiletry items too like toothpaste, soap, and other cleaning supplies, such as powdered laundry detergent makes a difference.”

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception on 1985, more than 43 million items have been collected.