MAHWAH, N.J.– Local Boy Scouts lived up to their challenge of doing a good turn daily by collecting 24 tons of food to benefit The Center for Food Action of New Jersey and Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children .
Forty Bergen and Passaic scouting units collected the non-pershiable goods, which were sorted and bagged by 75 volunteers at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.
“This is about using ‘scouting muscle’ to give back to our communities and to help those who are in need," the program's Vice-Chair Lisa Dell Antonia said. "We doubled the amount we were able to collect this year, which truly speaks to the generosity of those in Bergen and Passaic Counties and the determination of our Scouts."
The Boy's Scouts of America's Northern New Jersey Council teamed up with The Wayne Valley National Honor Society, the Wyckoff/Midland Park Rotary Club, and the Allendale/Saddle River Rotary Club for the food drive.
“Scouting doesn’t operate in a bubble. Community outreach and engagement is an important part of our program, and today was a great example of teamwork not only between Scouts, but also between the scouting community and other local service organizations,” Joe Martens, the district executive of the BSANNJC said. “Everyone who contributed, whether it was a donation, logistical support, or helping load the trucks, should be proud of the impact we were able to make.”
Scouting for Food is an annual Boy Scouts of America program that began in 1985, Mertens said.