Have something extra in the cupboard? Do you know someone who could use it?
Then donate whatever you can to the Scouting For Food project, a joint community service project of
Cub Scout Pack 21, Boy Scout Troop 31, Girl Scouts and Emmet County 4-H Clubs.
Scouting for Food started in 1987 with the Boy Scouts who were later joined by Cub Scouts and 4-H clubs. In the last couple years the Girl Scouts joined to make it a truly communitywide effort. Now in its 26th year, the project has gathered 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of food - and sometimes as much as 6,000 pounds - according to Ann Goebel, Scouting For Food chair.
It's easy to help. Just place paper, personal hygiene or non-perishable foods in the bag in today's Estherville Spirit and place it on your doorstep before 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. A member of the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts or an Emmet County 4-H club will pick up your donation between 5-6 p.m. Anyone who does not get donated items out in time can take them to the Emmet County Food Pantry at 508 S. First St.
All donations will be taken to the Emmet County Food Pantry. The pantry especially needs peanut butter, cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta, hamburger casserole mix, pancake mix, pancake syrup, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, tissues and canned fruit.
And, of course, don't put out any perishables.
Goebel suggests that those putting out items turn on their porch light.
This is a very important project, one that the food pantry and many Estherville residents have come to depend on. And Goebel reminds everyone to please shop locally for groceries since local grocery stores were good enough to donate the paper bags for the drive.
Anyone with questions may call Goebel at 209-0916.
All donations will stay in Emmet County.