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Milford Scouting for Food

Organizers hope that scenes like this from last year's Scouting for Food project will be repeated on Sunday, November 6 when hundreds of Boy and Girl Scouts along with other volunteers will canvass the town from 12 noon to 3 p.m. for donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry. Contributed photo



For over 20 years, the Milford Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts have been helping their community in a very real and important way through the Scouting for Food Service Project. Each year in early November, the youngsters canvass the town collecting non-perishable food items, paper goods and other supplies for Milford's Daily Bread Food Pantry.

This year Scouting for Food will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. when residents are asked to fill plastic bags with needed items and place them on their doorstep or a spot in their yards easily seen from the road for Scouts to pick up and deliver to the Daily Bread Food Pantry.

"Please open your heart to hungry children and adults in Milford with your contribution of food and paper goods. As we enter the holiday season, make this your first gift," said Leslie Jacobs, Tri River District Chair for the Knox Trail Council Scouting for Food program. A Milford resident, Jacobs noted the need is greater than ever this year as the economy continues to stall.

Needed items include hearty soups, canned stew, peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, dried pasta, tomato sauce, rice, baking mixes, cereal, coffee, tea, paper goods, toiletries, baby products and pet foods.

Jacobs adds, "Please don't put out anything in a glass container which could break, home-canned goods or expired or open items." Any of these will have to be discarded.

"Place your donation in bag(s) at your front door in plain view from the street on Sunday, November 6 by 11:30 a.m. for pick up," said Jacobs. "If your bag is not picked by 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, please call/text, 508-328-5154."

Since no donations will be picked up after 4 p.m., Jacobs suggests that residents with bags still on their doorstep after that time or who cannot put out items for pickup on November 6 should "please feel free to bring your donation directly to the Milford Food Pantry, 21 Exchange St., Milford on Monday evening from 6-7:30 p.m.

 Besides donating items for the Daily Food Pantry residents can also help by volunteering to collect and/or sort food on that Sunday afternoon. 

"We hope to collect a combined total of 100 tons of food in our Council to celebrate over 100 Years of Scouting for boys and girls in the United States.Well over 200 Cub, Boy, and Girl Scouts in our town will be involved in collecting and sorting donations on Sunday," said Jacobs. "Help us in doing a good turn for our community!

To volunteer or for more information contact Jacobs, 508-769-0565 or lcjacobs50@hotmail.com.




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