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Scouting for Food Donations to be Picked Up Saturday

Residents are reminded that this Saturday, November 12, Scouts throughout the Milford community will be picking up food donations left outside of homes in an effort to help stock the Daily Bread Food Pantry.

The Scouting for Food event has been a long standing tradition in Milford and something the Food Pantry counts on annually. "Hopefully we get a good response this year," said Event Coordinator Brian Weber.

So does the Daily Bread Food Pantry's President John DeAngelo, who said the Food Pantry serves 350 families or about 1,000 people on a monthly basis. "The majority of those we serve are from Milford but we also help families in Upton and Hopedale," he said. "However, we invite everyone in need to come here. We'd never turn anyone away, because no one should ever be hungry. No one should ever have to choose between heat or food or medicine or food."

With Milford's vast size, members from every Scouting Troop in town are called on to pitch in including those from Troops 2, 4, 18, and 314, Packs 67 and 4 and the Girl Scouts. Webster said on the 12th volunteers will be picking up donations at approximately 8,000 homes. He noted even though a number of the Scouts are quite young, they still comprehend the significance of the food drive. "I think they have a pretty good understanding that there's really a need out there; that some families can't always afford food, and they want to help."

DeAngelo said the Scouts do "such an awesome job" every year to help out the Food Pantry. "Everything that's donated and collected helps to feed someone who might go hungry." He also expressed his gratitude to other local organizations, including the churches, the schools, and Post Office, which hold annual food drives to help out.

Webster asked that residents have all their donations placed in a bag (or bags) outside their homes in a visible location by 9 a.m.

Some ideas for nonperishable donations include hearty soups, tuna, canned beef stew, Mac N Cheese boxes, peanut butter and jelly, snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and juice boxes. Also, shampoos, laundry detergent, dish soap, tissue, and toilet paper are always needed. Please, no glass or home canned items and be sure to check expiration dates.


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