Local Boy Scouts chapter “scouting” for food

Local Boy Scouts chapter "scouting" for food

UPDATE (4/11): The “Scouting for Food” campaign is wrapping up. On April 13, scouts will be collecting bags filled with non-perishable food items. The scouts will deliver them to local food pantries, which will then distribute the food to hungry families in throughout the Southern Tier. 


The local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, Five Rivers Council, is kicking off its annual initiative, “Scouting for Food.” 

The goal of the campaign is to provide food for families in need across the Twin Tiers.

Local food pantries expressed their greater need during the spring season, so the scouts changed the dates of “Scouting for Food” to accommodate this need. 

On April 6, watch for young scouts as they drop off collection bags at your doorstep. Place those bags, full of non-perishable goods, on your doorstep to be picked up on April 13. The food pantries will then distribute the food to hungry residents in our area. 

Scout Executive Gary Decker stopped by the 18 News studio to share more about the campaign, as well as an upcoming event that benefits the boy scouts. 

The 2nd annual Winter Meltdown event is set to be held on Saturday, April 6 at Elmira Country Club, from 7 – 11 p.m. Enjoy food, 50/50 raffles, a silent auction, and live music from the local band “Splash.”

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Five Rivers Scout Shop in the Arnot Mall. 

Proceeds from the event benefit the chapter’s programs and facilities. 

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