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Greenwich Scouting Holding “Scouting for Food” drive this Saturday

March 3, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH — The annual “Scouting for Food” fund-raiser to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor is set for Saturday.

Nearly 100 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are expected to be on hand from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at fire stations, churches and grocery stores around town accepting donations of non-perishable foods.

The fund-raiser for the area’s food pantry also includes the option to donate money online to pay for fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to the food bank throughout the year.

“It comes at a really good time for us,” said Duncan Lawson, Operations and Volunteer Coordinator at Neighbor to Neighbor. “A lot of people in our community are really generous around the holidays, but as you get into January and into the New Year, it tends to get a little quieter. This is a good time to restock our pantry.”

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Drop-off locations are Glenville Volunteer Fire Company, 266 Glenville Road; Cos Cob Vol. Fire Co., 200 E. Putnam Ave.; Sound Beach Vol. Fire Dept., 207 Sound Beach Ave.; and Christ Church, 254 E. Putnam Ave.

Cub Scouts will be at King’s Market in Old Greenwich, ACME in Riverside and ACME in Old Greenwich.

Last year’s drive raised 160 pounds of food and $600 in donations.

State Rep. Fred Camillo, R-151st and honorary chair of “Scouting for Food,” said the event is a reminder of the needs of Greenwich residents that sometimes go unnoticed.

“It drives home the point ...that our community is a lot more diverse than people think,” he said. “And people all around us have issues. They may be monetary or health-wise, but everybody has some burden, and Neighbor to Neighbor fills a gap for a lot of people in our town.”

Scout Alex Shung is the junior chair of the event, a job he’s held for the past two years.

“I think that ‘Scouting for Food’ is a big, good turn,” he said. “Because what we’re doing is, we’re helping, potentially, hundreds of families have food. Nutritious foods that they can rely on.”

Neighbor to Neighbor, a food and clothing program in the basement of Christ Church, serves between 275 and 300 families each week.

Donations can be made online at ampyourgood.com/user/campaigns/2896.