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Boy Scout Troops’ 1, 14 and 100, Pack 118, Collect Food and $$ for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Nov 26, 2018 09:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Troop 14 Boy Scouts Matthew Skarin (left) and Jackson Judge at Whole Foods Market

Bellingham Boy and Girl Scout troops worked together to collect 3,493 pounds of food and just under $1,080 in monetary donations in their Scouting for Food drive. This is over 300 pounds more than was collected last year, and the first time cash donations were received, all of which will help with stocking the Loaves and Fishes Food pantry at Saint Blaise Church for the next few months.

We opted not to go house to house and distribute flyers/bags; instead, we started on November 3rd with a "fill-the-trailer" event, during which most of the food was collected with the gracious support of our the scouts' community partners: Whole Foods Market Bellingham, Market Basket and Super Stop & Shop. During the fill the trailer event, 100 cases of nonperishable food was collected that came right off the grocery shelves.

"We sincerely thank Bellingham's Whole Foods Market, Market Basket, and Super Stop & Shop for their support," said Troop 14 Scoutmaster Doug DeMerritt

The traditional door-to-door pick-up took place on November 10th.  By using scout-made signs, the Bellingham Bulletin and social media to get the word out, the scout units drove the entire town of Bellingham and received still more donations.  All in all, the food drive was a huge success, and ultimately the biggest winner was the Loaves and Fishes Food pantry and our neighbors in need.  

If you are interested in finding out more about scouting in Bellingham, you can go to beascout.scouting.org to contact any of the scouting units in town.  
Many thanks, Doug DeMeritt,  Scoutmaster, Troop 14.
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