Scouting for food
It was only a matter of weeks ago that the Community Interfaith Food Pantry and other pantries’ stores were so low that they appealed to the public for help.
Now the pantry is bulging with food, and volunteers are scrambling to find room to store it.
It’s thanks to Boy Scouts of the Lewis & Clark Council, whose annual Scouting for Food food drive concluded Saturday.
Scouts across the metro-east picked up donated food and dropped it off at food pantries sorely in need of stores.
Michael Foppe, who takes over as director of the Community Interfaith Food Pantry in January, said if it weren’t for the Scouts and their drive, “we would be buying a lot of food.”
“These shelves here just two months ago, we were down to maybe just a skid or two of food,” Foppe said. “It scared us for a little bit, it really did. There was nothing coming in. But with this Boy Scouts drive, this is like going to the doctor and getting a shot of penicillin.
Foppe said that by the looks of it, the Scouts this year supplied the pantry with three to four months worth of non-perishable items. The pantry serves around 650 families in the Belleville and Swansea areas each month, he said.
Scouts worked like a well-oiled machine, unloading and sorting food items.
“Look at them all, they’re all busy,” Foppe said. “They don’t slough off.”