Scouting for Food Begins November 4 in Detroit


DETROIT— Boy Scouts from the Great Lakes Field Service Council will partner with Detroit-area Girl Scouts to collect more than 250,000 pounds of food during the week of November 4-11 as part of their annual “Scouting for Food” drive to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

On Saturday, November 4, Scouts will distribute bags in neighborhoods throughout their service areas, which include communities stretching from Wayne to Oakland and Macomb Counties, and Sanilac and Monroe Counties. Individuals who receive Scouting for Food bags are encouraged to fill them with non-perishable canned or boxed foods – glass containers will not be accepted – and place the bags on their porches for Scouts to pick-up by Saturday, November 11.

Gleaners will distribute the donated food items to individuals in need in Detroit-area communities.  Last year, Gleaners distributed more than 39 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in southeast Michigan.

“The Scouting for Food drive helps Gleaners fill our partner agency pantry shelves before the holidays,” said Gerry Brisson, Gleaners’ President and CEO. “With colder weather approaching, many struggling families will be forced to choose between paying heating bills and buying food for their families. The donations from this drive help make sure that these families receive the support they need.”

The Boy Scouts of America established Scouting for Food as a regionwide service project in 1988.  Vic Pooler, Scout Executive for the BSA’s Great Lakes Field Service Council, said the food drive meets a need for Gleaners at a critical time of the year for its clients.

“Scouting for Food has been a tradition of Boy Scouts of America nationally for over 30 years,” Pooler said. “This longstanding commitment to community service is what Scouting is all about, and partnering with our local Girl Scouts is a wonderful way for more Scouts to canvass areas in our region to provide more food for those in need before the holidays arrive and the demand becomes so much greater.”

More than 800 Boy Scout units with the Michigan Crossroads Council which is the statewide Boy Scout organization that manages the Great Lakes FSC and Girl Scout troops with Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan are expected to distribute bags and collect food.

Last year, the Scouts collected close to 200,000 pounds of food for Gleaners, and since the inception of its partnership with Gleaners in 2009, the Boy Scouts have collected more than 2,000,000 pounds of food donations for the organization.

Below is information about drop-off sites:

  Time Collection Site Site Address Site City
7:45-3:00 Macomb Food Bank 44900 Vic Wertz Dr Clinton Twp 48036-1251
8:45-3:00 Weingartz 46061 Van Dyke Utica
9:00-2:30 Kroger-Southgate 13333 Eureka Road Southgate
9:00-2:30 Gleaners Taylor Warehouse 25670 Northline Rd Taylor 48180
8:30-3:30 Gleaners Warren Warehouse 24162 Mound Road Warren 48091
8:30-3:00 Gleaners Detroit Warehouse 2131 Beaufait Detroit 48207
9:00-2:00 YAD EZRA  (Gleaners Partner) 2850 W. Eleven Mile Road Berkley
9:00-3:00 Troy Scout Shop 1155 E Long Lake Rd Troy 48085
8:30-2:00 Weingartz 39050 Grand River Farmington Hills
8:30-2:00 Mulit Lakes Conservation Association 3860 Newton Rd Commerce Twp
9:00-1:00 Gleaners Pontiac Warehouse 120 E. Columbia Pontiac 48230
9:00-1:00 Weingartz 6585 Dixie Clarkston
9:00-1:00 Girl Scouts of Southeast MI 8545 Highland Rd White Lake 48386
9:00-1:00 Plymouth Elks Club 41700 Ann Arbor Road Plymouth
9:00-2:00 Kroger-Garden City 5866 Middlebelt Garden City


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