EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Members of the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America were out in local neighborhoods Saturday morning, picking up non-perishable canned goods for the annual Scouting for Food Drive.
This is the 32nd annual Scouting for Food Drive, with proceeds benefiting the RI Community Food Bank.
More than 9 million pounds of food has been collected over the past 30 years.
“This is the biggest food drive of the year and it’s so important to us because it’s right before the holidays,” Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff said.
Eyewitness News cameras rolled along with scouts from pack 88 in East Providence Saturday morning.
“Go, go get it, go up together!”
“It felt happy that people were actually helping us out and not just ignoring it.”
“Thank you very much. Thank you very much, appreciate you helping the community!”
Back at the food bank, a crew of Eyewitness News employees was also volunteering to help sort food brought in by the scouts.
And there’s a lot of food to go through. This food drive is expected to bring in 250 thousand pounds of food.
It’s a big number, but the food bank’s CEO reminds us there’s a big need.
“We’re serving 53-thousand Rhode Islanders every month. Twenty million meals go out from this food bank each year,” Schiff said.
Back on the streets of East Providence, the scouts don’t think about the magnitude of the need. They’re simply doing their part to meet it.
“It reinforces from a very young age, how even one person can help out on a large scale level,” Amy Doherty, Pack 88 Chair said.
If you’d like to donate to the Scouting for Food Drive, you can call the Boy Scouts Council Office at 401-351-8700.
New this year, a plaque honoring one of the food bank’s most dedicated volunteers now hangs on the loading dock where all the donations come in.
Joe DeStefano was a driving force behind the Scouting for Food Drive from the very beginning.
You probably saw his face right here on WPRI 12 as we covered this very successful community event each year, and we are honored to have worked alongside him.
Eyewitness News is a proud sponsor of the Scouting for Food Drive.