Annual food drive keeps Scouts busy
While members of the Baldwin City community donated food for the food pantry at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts donated their time to collect the donations.
About 20 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts went door-to-door collecting bags containing more than 1,600 donated food items from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Items donated ranged from canned goods to boxed dinners, cereal and hygiene products. Items were also collected at the Baldwin City Market.
“I think our community does a wonderful job of supporting the food pantry,” said David Simmons, committee chair for Cub Scout Pack 3065.
After the Boy Scouts collected the food, they and workers at the food pantry unpacked, counted and shelved the items.
Simmons thought the state of the economy might prevent people from donating as much as in years past, but he said the community responded well to the Scouts’ call for donations.
“I think our community is well aware of the efforts that we can make because they responded well, and they know when they get the bags we’ll be by next week to pick them up,” Simmons said.
The Boy Scouts used to take the food back to their cabin and then someone else would deliver the food to the pantry. However, the Boy Scouts have delivered the food to the pantry themselves for the past several food drives to get the opportunity to witness the pantry first hand.
“They really do enjoy that,” Simmons said. “They come back and they’re excited when they’re bring the bags in and then they look at the pantry here and say ‘oh, this is like a grocery store.’”
A Baldwin City food drive is usually organized twice a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The date for the fall drive has not yet been set, but Simmons said the next drive would possibly take place in October or November.
“I think it really means that we are a caring community and we really watch out for our neighbors,” Simmons said. “I’m pretty impressed that people are willing to do this. I know we put twice a year in there and they always come through. I think it’s a wonderful thing for Baldwin.”