2017-11-02 / Upcoming Events

Boy Scouts continue fight against hunger

Donations collected Saturday will benefit St. Mark food pantry

Troop 1 Jamestown is lobbying neighbors to leave canned goods at their front doors Saturday so Boy Scouts can deliver the donations to the St. Mark food pantry.

The Narragansett Council, which governs troops in southeastern New England for the Boys Scouts of America, is sponsoring the food drive for the 30th consecutive year. More than 13,000 boys from 200 troops in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut are expected to participate in the region’s largest annual drive. While most food will be delivered to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in Providence, donations collected by Troop 1 will remain between the bridges.

“Food collected in Jamestown stays in Jamestown,” said Star Scout Kyle Pierce. “Help us stock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season.”

Boy Scouts, who distributed door hangers last weekend, are asking homeowners to leave a paper or plastic bag filled with their donations on the front steps. Scouts will begin collecting bags at 9 a.m. Saturday.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 12 percent of Rhode Island households can’t afford nutritious meals and nearly 5 percent of that population suffer from severe hunger. Roughly 150,000 Rhode Islanders are living in poverty, including 59,000 residents of the Ocean State who benefit from food assistance each month.

Andrew Schiff, chief executive of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, said the hard work and dedication of the Boy Scouts is “extraordinary.” Throughout the years, the Narragansett Council has collected nearly 9 million pounds of food for charity, including 225,000 pounds in 2016.

“We appreciate your generosity,” Pierce said.

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