February 3 Mecklenburg Co. Scouts Go Scouting for Food

Saturday, February 3, the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America will go Scouting for Food. Scouts will go door-to-door throughout Mecklenburg Co. collecting non-perishable food items for Nourish Up, formerly Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays. Thanks to the 216,985 lbs of food collected in last year’s Scouting for Food Drive, Nourish Up was able to respond to the increased hunger needs of our community.

The week prior to Feb. 3, Mecklenburg Co. Scouts will distribute bright red Scouting for Food door hangers, generously provided by Harris Teeter, in neighborhoods throughout the county. If you receive a door hanger, simply fill a bag or box with non-perishable food items and leave outside your home by 9:00 am for pick up by the Scouts on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Priority needs include canned fruit (in fruit juice), canned meats, canned pastas and canned vegetables.  We are especially in need of low sodium, low fat and low sugar items. No glass items please!

If you do not receive a door hanger, you can still give!! You can drop off food donations at any of the locations listed below on Saturday, Feb. 3, 10am-3pm & Sunday, Feb. 4, 12:30pm-2:30pm (at certain locations indicated below) OR at the Nourish Up (formerly Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays) warehouse Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm located at 648 Griffith Rd.

If you prefer, you can make a  financial donation here  directly to Nourish Up or text 44321 on your mobile phone and enter the code: Scout4Food. 

Scouts will be on hand to collect donations at these locations:

Ada Jenkins Center – 212 Gamble St., Davidson  (Saturday, Feb. 3 only drop-off site)

Arboretum Shopping Center – Providence Rd. & Highway 51 (across from the Harris Teeter), Charlotte

Back Creek Church – 1821 Back Creek Church Rd., Charlotte (Saturday, Feb. 3 only drop-off site)

Good Shepherd Church – 13110 Moss Rd, Charlotte  (Saturday, Feb. 3 only drop-off site)

Huntersville United Methodist Church– 14005 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church –11501 Bain School Rd., Mint Hill  (Saturday, Feb. 3 only drop-off site)

Sardis Presbyterian Church –6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte  (Saturday, Feb. 3 only drop-off site)

Sharon Presbyterian Church – 5201 Sharon Rd., Charlotte

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian– 8601 Bryant Farms Rd, Charlotte  (Saturday, Feb. 3 only drop-off site)

You can also drop off food donations at Subaru South Charlotte 10410 Cadillac St. Charlotte, 28134

Scouting for Food is the largest community-wide food drive of the year for Nourish Up and we depend on food donated to restock pantry shelves depleted during the busy holiday season. Last year, we provided nutritious groceries to over 130,000 people in Mecklenburg Co.  Almost half were children and seniors.

Nourish Up nourishes our neighbors through food and compassion by providing groceries, meals and hope through a network of food pantries, grocery home delivery and as the primary Meals on Wheels program for Mecklenburg Co.

Scouting for Food is sponsored by Mecklenburg County Council of The Boy Scouts of America, Harris Teeter, WCNC Charlotte and Stegall Trucking.