Scouting for Food & Clothing Drive underway

- The 26th annual Scouting for Food & Clothing Drive is taking place March 15-22.
The event is a collaboration among the Boy Scouts of America-Seneca Waterways Council, the Girl Scouts of Western New York and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.  Neighborhoods in Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Yates and Seneca Counties are participating.

Stephen Hoitt, Seneca Waterways Council BSA Scout Executive/CEO, Conor Coughlin of Cub Scout Pack 173 in Greece and Kaitlyn Hoitt of Girl Scout Troop 60683 in Penfield discussed the initiative Monday on News 8 at Noon.

On Saturday, March 15, scouts canvassed their neighborhoods to leave donation bags and informational door hangers about the food and clothing drive at area homes.  Residents are asked to leave bagged donations of nonperishable food and gently used clothing outside their front door this coming Saturday, March 22 for scouts to pick up. 

Tops Friendly Markets will serve as a donation center and provide customers with the opportunity to support the drive.  Scouts will be at all area Tops on Saturday, March 22 from 9am to 4pm to collect food donations.  Donations can also be dropped off from March 22-30 at all area Wendy's Restaurants.

More than 7,000 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are participating in this year's drive, with the goal of helping replenish supplies at 75 area food cupboards.  Statistics show 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger.  Rochester's Open Door Mission will also receive donations dropped off at Wendy's.  Clothing will be distributed throughout Goodwill's 10 local stores.

As participants in the week-long program, scouting youth are made aware that hunger and poverty exist in each community, regardless of geographic location.  By giving their all to make a difference, Scouts live up to their oath - to help other people at all times.

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