If you happen to find a plastic bag attached to your door this weekend, take a close look before dismissing it! It is likely a Scouting for Food donation collection bag left by a Girl or Boy Scout.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are spending this week distributing the bags in communities throughout southeast Michigan. The donations are to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Scouts will return to homes where they left the bags to collect them on Saturday, Nov. 14, hopefully filled with donations of non-perishable canned and boxed foods. Food in glass containers will not be accepted.
The council serving the Macomb County region is Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM). This is GSSEM’s first time partnering with Boy Scouts Great Lakes Council, which has been participating in Scouting for Food collections for Gleaners since 1988.
Mount Clemens Girl Scout Josephine V. distributed her bags last Saturday and she is excited to be a part of the effort.
“I think it’s important to help people who may not have enough food to eat,” she said.
As we enter the holiday season, Gleaners is in need of extra food to make it available to children, seniors and adults in need. The Scouting for Food project helps to shore up Gleaners’ supplies just in time for the holidays.
More than 250 Girl Scout troops and Boy Scout units are participating in this year’s Scouting for Food project. The Scouts hope to collect 250,000 pounds of food this year. Individuals who did not receive a collection bag but would like to donate, may drop food off at these Macomb County locations by 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 only:
- Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (Clinton Township)
42800 Garfield Road
- Weingartz (Utica)
Van Dyke Avenue
- Arthur Gallagher Insurance – office lot (St. Clair Shores)
22903 E. Nine Mile Road
- Gleaners Warehouse (Warren)
24162 Mound Road
Yavonkia Jenkins is director of communications for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.