FULTON – Some American Scout troopers hold a Scouting for Food event on Saturdays.
Squad 50, Squad 250, Pack 52, and Pack Cub Scout collect cash and food donations which will be distributed to SERVE, the local food bank in Fulton.
Scouts are set for events at the Scout Cabin in Fulton. They go to the local grocery store where they receive and monitor donations. Cub Scouts shares a list of products customers can purchase to help donate SERVE.
“Today’s events are something that has always been part of the pack and the squad, over the last few years,” said Misty Mauphin, Cub Master for Pack 52. “This is very important for the community, as we help provide food for our local food bank, SERVE. . “
According to the Facebook page “Scouts BSA Troop 50 & Troop 250 Fulton, MO”, “Fulton Monetary Donations allow SERVE to stretch $ 1 to TEN meals and $ 1,000 to 10,000 meals” for the Callaway County community. Donations will be accepted until March 20, 2021.
There have been fewer donation barrels present at Fulton this year due to the pandemic. Through SERVE, there is a new SMS program for sending donations in the form of money: SMS SCOUT to 202-858-1233 for donations.
These events are usually held at the grocery store, as well as at your local Walmart. However, due to the pandemic, Scouts were not allowed to stand outside Walmart this year.
Therefore, the number of donors and Scouts is lower than in previous years.
“We have some who feel uncomfortable doing it in person at the moment,” said Amy Schnoebelen, Master Scout for Troop 3250 and Assistant Master Scout for Troop 50. “So, we might lose a quarter to a third of our Scouts because of the pandemic.”
Troop 50 has been at Fulton for 75 years, and this event has been held annually for nearly 40 years, estimates Schnoebelen.
The Scout Cabin, built in the 1960’s, was originally built for Scouts, but now that Fulton City owns the building, anyone can rent the space.
The Scout Cabin is home to Cub Scout Packs, Pack, Pack 52, BSA Troop 50 (male) and BSA 250 (female). Pack of 52 covers boys and girls who range from kindergarten to fifth grade.
16 year old Q Gibson has been with The Boy Scouts since the age of 10. Saturday is the tenth time he has participated in the Scouting for Food event. He noted the number of visitors was lower today, however, he acknowledged the importance of the annual event.
“There are times when there are 55 cars lining up to get food and goods. So, we do this to help maintain the food pantry stock,” said Gibson.
Despite changes due to the pandemic, Scouts continue to meet and host events like Scouting for Food to help communities in central Missouri.
“There are so many people in our community, and all communities really, who have food insecurity,” said Schnoebelen. “This is a great way for the community to come together as one big event and raise hundreds of pounds of food together for SERVE.”