Boy Scouts bring in thousands of items to help Key Peninsula food bank

November 20, 2013 

The Scouting For Food Drive this year, put on by Boy Scout Troop 220, collected more than 2,000 items of food, and the scouts donated them the Key Peninsula Community Services Food bank earlier this month.

“We had 29 scouts and 20 parent volunteers participate in the week-long event,” said Shirley Crane, a Troop 220 parent volunteer.

Crane said the scouts delivered close to 1,000 plastic food bags Nov. 3 to several neighborhoods, including Lake Holiday, Lake Minterwood, Lake of the Woods, GreenTree, Horseshoe Lake Estates, Emerald Shores, Bel-Mar and Wind & Tide. They returned Nov. 9 to collect the donations.

“By noon, we had delivered the whole collection to some very grateful KPCS Food Bank personnel,” Crane said.

Penny Gazabat, the executive director of the food bank, called it a “Godsend.”

“We were really quite low in supplies for our clients and are most grateful for the help,” Gazabat said. “Things are quite tough right now, and any donations of non-perishable items would be most appreciated. We are really proud of the Boy Scouts for all their help.”

Senior Troop 220 Patrol Leader Jon Crane asked fellow scouts what they thought about “Scouting For Food.”

“The Home Food Bank is a great organization that provides food for those who may not be able to afford it, and it makes me happy to be a part of it,” scout Daniel Shurr told Crane.

Scout Ryan Barry, a senior, said: “I have participated in the Scouting For Food Drive every year that I have been in scouting, and it is something that I will miss dearly.”

Scout Ben Goins participated for the first year and called it a heart-warming experience.

“This organization is a great idea for people who may not be able to afford the food that they need,” Scout Brendon Hoover told Crane. “I am grateful for this organization and all the people who donated. I hope that this will continue to go on for many more years.”

Scout Sammy O’Hara has participated in Scouting For Food for the past three years.

“It makes me feel good to know that I am able to help give people food that they may not be able to get on their own,” O’Hara said.

As part of its biweekly contribution, the Key Peninsula Lions Club, which sponsors Troop 220, added 46 items while it praised the hard work of the Boy Scouts.

For more information about the food drive, call Shirley Crane at 253-884-1057. The Key Peninsula Community Services Food Bank can be reached at 253-884-4440.

Hugh McMillan is a longtime freelance writer for The Peninsula Gateway. He can be reached at 253-884-3319 or by email at hmcmnp1000@centurytel.net.

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