Each year, Boy Scouts across the country, and right here in Central Florida, participate in Scouting for Food. As the largest single-day food drive in America, the program collects thousands of pounds of food for Central Florida kids, families and seniors. In 2017, Scouting for Food falls on Veteran’s Day, when many will be honoring those that served in the armed forces.
To highlight how this day of community service can honor those that served our country, Vionn, a local scout, recently had a conversation with Christina, a veteran and volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The two talked about food, career goals, military life and scouting.
When Vionn explained that he is on a path to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Christina shared that both of her children were involved in scouting, and the two immediately connected over this common bond.
The takeaway: When you participate in scouting or the military, you are part of something bigger than yourself. When you meet someone who is a fellow scout or a veteran, even if you are from different places, councils or branches, you share a common experience of service to others.
How You Can Help
You can join Vionn and Christina in being part of something bigger than yourself during Scouting for Food. Last weekend, scouts distributed 600,000 door hangers on area homes, asking residents to place non-perishable items on their doorstep this Saturday, November 11. Boy Scouts will collect the food and donate it to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and other local food pantries.
Other Ways to Help
Drop off food at a neighborhood collection site near you. A list of participating locations can be found at http://cflscouting.org/council/scouting-for-food.
Donate online. New this year, you can donate funds to support Scouting for Food. Every $10 donated can provide 40 meals.