The annual “Scouting for Food” drive was held Saturday, Oct. 12, and will be held again on Saturday, Oct. 26, Scouting BSA Pack 417 Cub Master Tammy Whitford said.
While the food drive, which benefits the Milton Food Pantry, has taken place in Milton for over 15 years, she and her husband, Bill, who serves as Scout Master for Troop 417, said the program's timing and format were changed this year.
“We changed the approach because the food pantry has limited space and there were school and postal drives in the spring. So we pushed the drive to the fall,” Tammy said, adding that it is usually held in late winter, early spring.
“Typically, we have a flier that goes out. We tried to do it differently because we felt bad about litter,” Bill said.
Using the more familiar system, fliers and food collection bags were left on people’s doorknobs in advance of collection day, but often the items would blow away before people had a chance to find them, Bill said.
“This is the first time we are doing it this way,” he said.
Tammy and Bill said in years past, Scouting BSA, which runs the drive through combined troop participation as a citywide event, typically collects about 100 bags of food. On Oct. 12, 30 bags of food and $22 were collected, Tammy said.
“As the scouts arrived to collect food, people weren’t aware, but the people we talked to were nice and they stepped up. Milton is a caring community, and historically, they’ve put out a lot of food, and the kids want to help,” Bill said.
“Considering the change in time and procedure, I’m happy with the results,” Tammy said.
This year, there was a reduced number of participating troops, making community coverage less broad, Tammy said.
“We only covered about one-third of what we normally cover. We normally cover the whole city,” Tammy said.
Efforts will continue on Oct. 26, she said. Scouts will be circulating through neighborhoods between 9 a.m. and noon.
Scouts will be looking to collect nonperishable dry and canned goods, and paper products.
The pantry also needs diapers, Bill said.
Cowley’s Piggly Wiggly is supplying this year’s food collection bags, Tammy said. Scouts will carry bags for filling when they arrive at the door, she said.
Following are pictures from the Oct. 12 food drive.
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A Milton resident helps fill a bag with cans and dry goods for the Milton Food Pantry. A request to fill the bag was made by Scouting BSA Troop 417 member Kenan Bales, 12. He and several scouts, representing Troop 417, Cub Pack 417 and girls Troop 7417 collected 30 bags of food during a drive called “Scouting for Food” on Oct. 12. A second drive is planned for Oct. 26.
Scouting BSA Pack 417 Cub Master Tammy Whitford gives final instructions before scouts board vehicles headed into Milton neighborhoods. Scouts began a "Scouting for Food" drive, departing from the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 741 E. High St., at 9 a.m. Oct. 12. A second drive will be held Oct. 26.
Scouting BSA Troop 417 Scout Master Bill Whitford, far left, distributes maps to drivers preparing to take scouts into Milton neighborhoods. Kalten Brandenberger, from left, 12, Tim Bales, assistant scout master, and Kenan Bales, 12, all from Troop 417, receive instructions.
Brennen Pregler, age 12, Troop 417, from left, and brothers, Corbin, 8, and Coen, 10, Brandenberger, both of Pack 417, begin their morning on Rogers Street.
Corbin Brandenberger heads for the door.
Brennen Pregler, at left, and Corbin Brandenberger prepare a bag for filling.
Coen Brandenberger retrieves a bag full of bounty.
It's just above freezing, but scouts radiate enthusiasm as they cross Rogers Street.
A Rogers Street resident helps fill a bag.
A bag as big as eight-year-old Corbin Brandenberger is headed to the car.
Pack 417 Assistant Den Leader Danielle Brandenberger helps load a van.
Scouts Brennen Pregler, from left, and Coen Brandenberger brace against the cold.
Kalten Brandenberger, from left, and Kenan Bales, both 12 and from Troop 417, arrive on Rainbow Drive.
Scouts Kalten Brandenberger, from left, and Kenan Bales wait for a response.
Kalten Brandenberger holds the bag as a community member looks for space to add more.
A bag fills quickly as a resident generously gives.
A St. Mary's Street resident appears with food by the armful.
Another helpful resident.
A resident loads up a bag.
A young resident steps out to help.
Troop 417 Assistant Scout Master Tim Bales helps transport bags to the car.
Troop 417 scout Kenan Bales waits at the door.
Kalten Brandenberger loads a van before scouts return to the First Congregational United Church of Christ where bags will be stored overnight.
Troop 417 scout Alex Hooker, 13, at left, helps fill the church with bounty.
Troop 417 committee chair Becky Cole brings more goods.
Troop 417 Senior Patrol Leader Isaac Cole, 15, helps grow the stores.
Troop 417 scout C.J. McCumber, 14, adds another bag.
Brennen Pregler takes a moment to rest after a full morning's work.
Brothers Colter, 9, Pack 417, and Clayton, 12, Troop 417, Hudson exchange smiles at the end of a successful day.
Food items pop through the door and into the bag. Two canine friends watched the action.
Siblings Aurora, 14, and Brennen, 12, Pregler, both participated in the food drive and are scouts within the Scouting BSA organization. Aurora is a member of Troop 7417 for girls. The troop has six members. Scouts from boys Troop 417, Cub Scout Pack 417 and the girl's troop collected 30 bags of food Oct. 12. A second drive is scheduled for Oct. 26.