Scouting for food

Annual food drive to support food pantry

As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts pledge to follow Scout law that requires them to be, among other qualities—helpful, courteous, kind and loyal. Through its annual holiday food drive, Cub Scout Pack 466 seeks to display those characteristics and keep their promise to help others.
Every December, Pack 466 organizes the food drive to benefit the Coal City Food Pantry’s holiday assistance program for families and individuals in need. No one seems to recall how long the food drive has been going on, but it has become as much a part of the holiday season as Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman.
As in the past, the Scouts are calling on area residents to support the effort by picking up a few extra items when they venture out to the grocery store this week.
The door-to-door collection begins Saturday, when local Scout groups pool their resources to begin distributing grocery sacks to doorsteps through the villages of Carbon Hill, Coal City and Diamond. The sacks are to be used for making contributions of non-perishable food items, paper products, household cleaning supplies and personal care items. All items must be in sealed, original containers and display current expiration dates.
On Sunday, Dec. 8 donations should be placed in the sacks and left on doorsteps for the Scouts and their helpers to pick up, beginning at 1 p.m.
Area residents who do receive a bag and would like to make a donation can do so by dropping items off at the Coal City Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday, Dec. 9, or items can be placed in the pantry’s new donation box, created by Eagle Scout Ryan Anderson, located outside the south entrance of the church.
Donations received will be used by the food pantry for its holiday distribution that is currently slated to assist 110 families in need.
Board member Barb Kent said the pantry is particularly in need of paper products, instant potatoes and rice and pasta sides.
The donations will be sorted and packed at the church and volunteers are needed for the task Monday, Dec. 9 through Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Additionally, the pantry is still collecting $25 Walmart gift cards for distribution to local families in need. The cards should be dropped off at the church office between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The annual holiday distribution is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14.

Shopping list

Tea, rice, flavored gelatin, cereal, jelly, tuna, flour, sugar, nuts, popcorn, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauce, crackers, coffee, canned fruits, spices, pie filling, biscuit mix, cake mix/fosting, brownie mix. instant potatoes and canned vegetables.
Box dinners, dry beans, juice, fruit snacks, dry gravy mix, flavored drink mid, granola bars, canned soup, stuffing mix, breakfast bars and tarts, paper towels, baby food, hand/body soap, dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, household cleaning supplies, napkins, facial tissue, toliet paper and femine care products.
All items must be in sealed, original containers and display current dates.