On Saturday, March 2nd Greenwich Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will participate in the “Scouting for Food” drive by collecting food from local residents to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor. From 9:00AM to 11:30AM on March 2nd, food donations can be brought to one of the four drop-off locations: Glenville Vol. Fire Co. (266 Glenville Road), Cos Cob Vol. Fire Co. (200 East Putnam Avenue), Sound Beach Vol. Fire Dept. (207 Sound Beach Avenue) and Christ Church’s 1st floor Parish House (254 E. Putnam Ave). Greenwich residents are encouraged to drop-off non-expired items such as canned beans (not green), canned fruit, tuna, boxed milk, pasta sauce, jelly, peanut butter and more. All donated food will be sorted then delivered by Scouts to Neighbor to Neighbor, with a goal of surpassing the 2012 record breaking collection amounts of 300+ crates of food.
From the inception of the Scouting movement, Scouts have been urged to "Do a Good Turn Daily", as it is the slogan for the Boy Scouts of America. “Scouting for Food” is an on-going annual program and “good turn” that began in 1986 to collect food for local food banks. Greenwich Scouting is again partnering with Greenwich’s Neighbor to Neighbor, located at Christ Church, to help fill the increasing need for food for families in the area, especially during non-holiday times like March. Neighbor to Neighbor provides nutritious meals monthly for over 500 local families through their “Client Choice” food pantry where clients actually have the opportunity to do their own shopping at the food pantry. 45% of the food provided by Neighbor to Neighbor feeds children.