FOR IMMEDIATERELEASE: June 7, 2021
Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council
Spring of Service: 2021 Scouting for Food Campaign
Pittsburgh, PA: You might have heard about Summer of Service. But how about “Spring of Service?” This year the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council (LHC) hosted its 35th annual Scouting for Food (SFF) and Chow Wagon Campaign. Scouts, families, community members, and organizations from across the LHC region participated in this year‘s annual campaign.
During the months of April and May, campaign participants collected over 65,000 pounds of human food and supplies, another 5,000 pounds of pet food for local animal shelters, and over $17,000 went to the local area food banks and food pantries. LHC is thrilled to continue working with ALCOSAN, Dentons, Cohen and Grigsby, and Federated Hermes as part of the corporate campaign. We truly appreciate all of their support amongst the many other organizations who participated this year.
Helping the hungry in our local communities would not be possible without the help of our Scouts and families. Over 1,200 Scouts and 600 adult leaders help to make this campaign successful. Cub Scout Pack 162 in the Japeechen District collected over 1,500 pounds of human food and supplies and another 161 pounds of pet food. Michael Fec, Japeechen District and Unit Chairman, attributes their successful campaign to door-to-door collections. Scouts took time to canvas their neighborhoods, “leaving behind door hangers with a return date and time, which allowed for a non-contact pick-up.” The pack also partnered with the Millvale Shop’n’Save to table at the storefront during two consecutive Sundays. Michael notes that “This was just my first year. While it went well, we’re looking to improve participation and increase collections.” Michael is excited and has already begun working on plans for next year’s campaign.
Each year we look to grow to the campaign, including more Scouting families, organizations, and community members. If you are interested in participating in the 2022 Scouting for Food and Chow Wagon Campaign, please visit www.lhcscouting.org/SFFor contact the SFF Coordinator, Lyndsay Seibel at Lyndsay.Seibel@Scouting.org or 412-325-7926.
Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council, has been the foremost youth-serving organization in our community that develops character, citizenship, and fitness. For over 110 years, it has been our mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Laurel Highlands Council serves nearly 10,000 youth members and 4,000 volunteer adult leaders throughout its multi-state footprint serving Western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and parts of West Virginia, making it one of the largest councils in the Boy Scouts of America.