Common Heart’s food pantries received 5,741 pounds of nonperishable food
thanks to four local Boy Scout troops who chose the nonprofit as the recipient for their annual
Scouting for Food collection. That’s enough to provide a week’s worth of food to 155 local struggling families!
The national food & fund drive is a friendly competition between troops in their districts to see who can collect the most. The troops who donated to Common Heart and their total pounds collected are:
-Troop 46 (Wesley Chapel): 3,176 pounds
-Troop 151 (Lake Park): 1,578 pounds
– Troop 125 (Monroe): 487 pounds
-Cub Scout Pack 97 (Indian Trail): 411 pounds
-Troop 120 (Waxhaw): 89 pounds
Troop 151 also donated $350, enough to provide an additional 14 families with enough groceries for a week.
The donations — and enthusiasm — the Boy Scouts bring to serving others is so important during these tough times, Corey Tossas, Indian Trail pantry manager, said.
“As we continue to work through the challenges of this pandemic, it’s so inspiring to see the
community and groups like the Boy Scouts come together to meet the needs of our hungry
neighbors,” he said. “What’s awesome is that every time the Boy Scouts donate food during this event, you can see just how much fun they’re having and that’s incredibly important. It makes it that much easier to normalize kindness as our main response when meeting challenges, coming together to serve a common goal.”
Due to the pandemic, Common Heart food pantries have seen more than double the number of families seeking help in 2020 than in 2019. In 2020, Common Heart provided 1,046,635 meals to 17,711 people — serving an estimated 51% of the food insecure residents of Union County an average of 3.6 times each.
According to Feeding America, it’s estimated that the number of food insecure residents in Union County rose by 53% in 2020, compared to 2019, to about 35,000 people — 14.6% of Union County’s population.