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Food donations needed now more than ever

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By The Staff

Editor:

I’m sure it’s no surprise to any of you that these are troubled times – global financial upheaval, a stagnant national economy, job losses and general unrest.  

With this combination of issues, it’s easy to understand the predicament some organizations such as our local food bank/pantry can face. Demand for food from the pantry has risen, just as everyone in the community is finding it more expensive to keep their own pantry shelves stocked.

Hence the dilemma – abnormally high demand for food and a threatened supply.    

With this in mind, we would like to remind the citizens of Carroll County that the annual “Scouting For Food” collection day starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

Boy Scouts and other young people from several organizations distributed door-knob hangers this past weekend and Saturday will canvass the community on a mission to collect food donations placed on steps and porches of homes throughout the county. The volunteers will transport these items to the food pantry, and fill its shelves for individuals and families in need.

If you live in a rural area, or if you did not receive a reminder but you’d like to contribute, you may bring donations to St. John’s Catholic Church on Fifth Street, Carrollton, Saturday morning. Donations also may be taken to any local church on Sunday, or to the Crawford & Baxter office, 523 Highland Ave., Carrollton. All donations will be combined with the items collected from the schools, library, churches, etc., and residents – hopefully in record numbers.

I have always been impressed with the generosity of the citizens of Carroll County – you always step up to the challenges presented to you. Therefore, I’m confident that this year’s Scouting For Food event will be one for the record books.

Thank you.

Scott Nab, Scoutmaster

Boy Scout Troop 131, and

2008 Scouting for Food co-chairman