Boy Scout Troop 71 helps fill the shelves of Steilacoom’s Food Pantry

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Members of the Boy Scout Troop 71 in Steilacoom collected food for the Steilacoom Food Pantry on November 3, 2012.

The Steilacoom Boy Scout Troop 71′s annual Scouting for Food event took place over two weekends this fall, and resulted in one of the most successful food drives for the Steilacoom Food Pantry in recent history

This year, the food drive, which is planned, funded and staffed by Scout Troop 71, took place over the last weekend in October and the first weekend in November.  It was coordinated by Sentinel Patrol Leader Nathan Wilson of Steilacoom.

A lot of preparation went into this year’s food drive. Troop Leader Andy Estep reported that starting on October 22, the entire troop stapled 1,800 flyers to brown paper sacks that were collected throughout the year, and organized them into stacks of 50. Troop members then met on Oct. 27 to divide and conquer the delivery of all 1,800 bags to the doorsteps of most homes in Steilacoom, despite heavy rain.

On November 3, the scouts reaped the benefits of their hard work, and collected the bags filled with donated food. More than 250 grocery bags were collected and returned to the Steilacoom Food Pantry.  Several scouts stayed to assist the food bank volunteers in sorting the food items onto shelves. Both scouts and parents volunteered 266 hours in support of this event.

“While the Scouts organized the event, the generous donations of the citizens of Steilacoom made the event one of the most successful in recent years,” said Estep.

Members of Steilacoom’s Boy Scout Troop 71 unload bags of donated food benefiting the Steilacoom Food Pantry.

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