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Scouts Bring In Record Donations for Food Pantry

The scouts were out on Saturday, picking up food from Northborough residents for the annual food pantry drive.

Northborough residents stepped up to the table again, helping to put food on the table for many who are struggling right now.

This past Saturday, dozens of boy, girl and Venture scouts, along with leaders and volunteers, picked up donated bags of food left out by residents in the annual Scouting for Food to benefit the Northborough Food Pantry.

The drive brought in a record amount of 14,000 items, said Sarah Rothery, co-director of the pantry.

The scouts and volunteers picked up the items from households, and then sorted them, bringing them to the pantry, which is now filled to capacity.

"The drive brought in cereal, pasta, rice, canned goods, snack foods, condiments and other items that the food pantry makes available to the clients who shop at the pantry each week," said Rothery.

In October, the food pantry served about 300 households in Northborough, representing about 830 people.

"We distributed 394 bags of food in October alone," said Rothery, who thanked Town Administrator John Coderre and Rec. Department Director Allison Lane for allowing use of the town hall gym and parking lot for the drive. 

"This was a team effort involving many hours of planning on the part of the scout leaders to distribute bags all around town and pick them up and return to the town hall to sort and stock the food," said Rothery.

"The board of the Northborough Food Pantry would like to express gratitude to all who donated food and who participated in this very successful food drive," added Rothery.

Julie Stanwood November 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Great job to all the scouts! Watching you in action was amazing!
Peter Alberti November 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Very impressive! Congratulations to everyone involved (including the folks who contributed the food!) -- Peter (Cub Scouts Pack 25 Cubmaster)
jane November 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Two bags of food were never picked up at my door.
Tim Goodnow November 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Jane please bring them to the food bank at the town hall.

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