Scouts Across Oakland County Collect Over 46,000 Pounds of Food for Charities
(Boy Scouts of America, Nov. 20, 2022)
Novi, MI – Hundreds of local Scouts helped make the 2022 Scouting for Food drive a success, with over 46,000 pounds of food collected for charities in Oakland County alone.
The drive, which is held between November and December across the state, is the Scouts’ largest service project of the year. According to project coordinator Bob DeWar, over 100 local packs and troops have taken part so far in 2022.
“While our drive has concluded in Oakland County, we still have food to collect elsewhere in Michigan,” DeWar said. “With that said, local Scouts have given us a great start.”
Between Nov. 5 and Nov. 13, Scouts distributed special grocery bags to homes across Oakland County, requesting that they be filled with nonperishable essentials and placed on doorsteps for pickup. A week later, those same youth returned to collect on behalf of numerous nonprofits. Much of the food went to drop sites facilitated by Gleaners Community Food Bank.
“Scouts who participate are walking away with a lesson, not just about the need for good deeds, but also the rewarding feeling that comes with helping your neighbors,” said Kevin Lauro, who supervised a Gleaners drop site in Novi.
The Scouts hope to build on the success of the food drive in years to come. DeWar expressed a hope that 2023 may see new collection sites and partnerships introduced.
“We’re so proud of all that our young people have accomplished so far this year,” DeWar said. “As a parent, I was able to watch my own son and daughter participate, and that means the world to me. As we watch each truckload of food arrive at the collection sites, we can also watch our children learning valuable life lessons.”
The 2022 Scouting for Food initiative will officially conclude with a final collection in the Thumb, which will occur in December. For more information about local Scouting, including upcoming events and how to join a unit, visit michiganscouting.org.