Scouting for Food Tops 18,000 lbs of Food!

Alameda Scouts delivered 18,493 pounds of food to the Alameda Food Bank last Saturday, the bounty of this year’s record-breaking Scouting for Food Drive. The total exceeded the amount collected last year by almost 5,500 pounds.

The non-perishable food, donated by residents throughout Alameda, will help the food bank put meals on the tables of 2,100 families who turn to it for help each year.

“Thanks to the hard work of the Alameda Scouts, their leaders and community partners, a lot more of our neighbors will be able to enjoy festive, nourishing holiday meals this year,” said AFB Executive Director Cindy Houts.

With Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft looking on, the food was sorted at Alameda Presbyterian Church, Christian Reformed Church and Bay Farm Community Church, then delivered to the food bank. Assisting in the process were members of the three churches, the Elks, Rotary, Coast Guard and Red Cross Youth.

Michael Britton, who coordinated the drive for the Scouts, said 400 Scouts and 100 adult leaders spent over 10,000 hours organizing and conducting the drive. “And that doesn’t even count the time volunteered by our community partners,” he said.