Scouts collect donations for those in need

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published November 15, 2019

  A student from Cub Scout Pack No. 1478, out of St. Anne Catholic Church in Warren, delivers a plastic bag to a local home for the Scouting for Food program. Residents were asked to fill the plastic bags with nonperishable food for the annual  Scouting for Food program to benefit Gleaners Community  Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

A student from Cub Scout Pack No. 1478, out of St. Anne Catholic Church in Warren, delivers a plastic bag to a local home for the Scouting for Food program. Residents were asked to fill the plastic bags with nonperishable food for the annual Scouting for Food program to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Photo provided by Michael Isopi

 On Nov. 9, local Boy Scout troops and their leaders picked up food donations for the annual Scouting for Food program to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

On Nov. 9, local Boy Scout troops and their leaders picked up food donations for the annual Scouting for Food program to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Photo provided by Michael Isopi

METRO DETROIT — This month, eight Boy Scouts of America districts in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties collected nonperishable canned goods for their annual Scouting for Food community service project.

The Scouting for Food project benefits Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. At press time, 146,279 pounds had been collected, according to Yolanda Baston, Gleaners food and fund drives manager. However, more donations were coming in and a final number was expected Nov. 18, after press time.

Gleaners Community Food Bank is headquartered in Detroit and operates five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. The nonprofit organization provides food to 528 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and others throughout southeast Michigan. On average, Gleaners distributes the equivalent of 96,348 meals each day and provides food to 430,000 people, including 171,000 children, each year.

According to Baston, the Scouting for Food donations will benefit Gleaners’ partner agencies in all five counties. The collection is sorted by Gleaners volunteers and distributed to its partner agencies. Food also benefits other Gleaners programs, including its BackPack program, which provides backpacks of food to children on free or reduced-price meals at school.

Scouting for Food has been an annual tradition in the metro Detroit Scouting community for more than 25 years. This year’s program began on Nov. 2 when the Scout troops distributed empty plastic bags across metro Detroit for homeowners to fill. Bags were then picked up from front porches Nov. 9, and the donated food was dropped off at Gleaners sites, including the Warren location.

Every year, Cub Scout Pack No. 1478 out of St. Anne Catholic Church in Warren, led by Michael Isopi, takes part in the program. Isopi also is the Sunrise District BSA Scouting for Food chairperson. Each Scout troop is assigned a specific territory, including Warren, Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe and the Grosse Pointes. This year, Isopi managed the Gleaners Warren Distribution Center, 24162 Mound Road in Warren.

Donations included canned meat, vegetables and fruit, baking goods, rice, beans, and canned tuna and chicken. Pack No. 1478 used its organizational and logistical skills to plan a project that ultimately helps people.

“People are generous enough to donate. It’s fun. It’s a good way to give back to the community,” Isopi said. “The Scouts were engaged and happy to do it. This is the start of the holiday season. They’re out and about interacting with the community. It’s a great event and a great program. It’s connecting the Scouting unit with the community where they know people.”

For more information on Gleaners Community Food Bank, visit gcfb.org.

For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, visit scouting.org.