Scouting for Food collects tons for community's needy
Boy Scouts in Carbon and Emery counties collected just over 15,000 pounds of much needed food stocks helping local food banks to stay full throughout the summer.
"This was an amazing event," said Carbon County Food Bank Coordinator Mary Quintana. "We are always overwhelmed by the kindness of our community."
The annual Boy Scout Food Drive takes place during the month of March, when scouts deliver empty bags to homes all across the community. The bags are then filled with food items and left for pick-up on a given date.
On the specified date, which was March 22 this year, scout leaders drive their scouts through town collecting the bags and delivering them to the food bank. Carbon County collected 6,879 pounds of food this year, with Emery County collecting 8,262 pounds during their drive.
In addition to the Boy Scouts, the National Guard was on hand to assist with the Saturday food collection effort.
In Carbon County, the food bank serves an average of 417 families per month, distributing 40,352 pounds of food every 30 days. According to Quintana, this amount of demand is normal, as the bank has seen much higher levels of need in the recent past.
Those seeking assistance in Carbon County can obtain a wider variety than those in other areas, as the local food bank has two walk-in freezers which allow them to store meat and other fresh food items. The bank gathers grocery rescue items, taking donations daily from Smith's, Walmart and Fresh Market in Price.
Quintana encouraged local residents to come in an apply for assistance if they are experiencing any trouble keeping their family fed. The program is income qualified, but often times those who would qualify think they make too much money to receive assistance.
The scout's program is vital to food banks across the state but is still only one of many drives and ongoing programs that keep food pantries stocked..
"This community is always generous with us," said Quintana. "Different programs make it possible for us to stay stocked and help our neighbors."