As one in six Central Floridians turns to charitable food assistance programs, the Boy Scouts are asking the community to join their “Scouting for Food” initiative to fight food insecurity.
The Scouts have placed 600,000 door hangers on area homes, asking residents to place non-perishable items on their doorstep for a Nov. 11 collection. The Scouts will collect the food, and then donate it to Second Harvest Food Bank and other local food pantries.
“It’s great to see young people dedicated to ending hunger in Central Florida. We’re honored to partner with the Boy Scouts and Florida Hospital in helping our neighbors,” said Sasha Hausman, Second Harvest Food Bank’s director of philanthropy. “Thanks to the Scout’s efforts and our community’s generosity, we will be able to bring food to hundreds of families and seniors in need in Central Florida.
Last year, Central Floridians helped provide more than 96,000 pounds of much-needed food to those who need it the most, and this year the goal is to exceed that number.
“With an initiative like this we are teaching our youth the value of helping others and giving back to their communities,” said Holly Dominguez, Scout leader of the Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council. “By collecting food for people in need, the Scouts are raising awareness about food insecurity and fighting hunger in our area.”
The food drive will bring food to hundreds of families, seniors and most importantly children, as one in four kids in our community are at risk of going to bed hungry tonight.
“Food insecurity is a significant challenge in Central Florida that affects the overall health of our community, as good nutrition is a key to good health,” said Yamile Luna, assistant vice president of Florida Hospital Community Impact and Volunteer Services. “The impacts of food insecurity are far reaching, with both short- and long-term impacts. We’re honored to partner with the Boy Scouts and Second Harvest on this initiative and help our neighbors.”
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