Scouting for Food

Scout Troop 34 has been hard at work gathering donations for area food banks.

In April, Pawling/Dover Scouts Boy Scouts of America Troop 34 once again donated food and other items to the Pawling Resource Center and the Center of Compassion in Dover Plains. A combined 3,440 pounds of food and goods were donated in this record-breaking collection.

Ed Prosper, Scoutmaster of Troop 34, along with Trisha Johnson and Maura Kemmer, committee members, helped the scouts plan and organize the event. Scouts and parents first sought donations of paper bags from area grocery stores. Hannaford in Pawling, ShopRite and Tops in Carmel, and Big Y in New Milford contributed hundreds of bags. Scouts and families stapled a note to each bag, explaining how the Scouting for Food program works. These bags were distributed to homes throughout Pawling and Dover.

A week later, on Saturday, April 6, scouts scoured the neighborhoods for brown bags of food and toiletries that residents had placed on their porches for pick up. Donations were transported to the Resource Center and Center of Compassion to be sorted and weighed. Scouts felt immensely satisfied to see those bare shelves fill to overflowing with food, just in time for the spring holidays.

Once again, BSA Troop 34 has made a valuable contribution to the community. The troop is thankful to everyone who made a donation. The scouts’ efforts, combined with the charity of the community, certainly make a difference for those in need.