Scouting for Food
by Ricardo Tomboc
For several years the Boy Scouts of America have teamed up with the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps to help feed the hungry. On Saturday November 7, 124 Scouts and 63 scout leaders put in over 400 volunteer hours in front of nine Stater Bros. Markets; where they asked customers to help out with a list of food items. Those that could give were pleased to do so. Bob Garza from San Bernardino was one of those giving people. Bob said that “he was in a position to help out and that not everyone was”.
Major Steve Ball of the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps said that “the timing of this food drive is perfect, supplying additional food for our holiday programs”. About 7000 pounds of food were collected. Enough to provide food boxes for 350 families. In these past few years, the “Scouting for Food” program had made a significant difference in the amount of food that was provided for those in need.
Life Scout Jeremy Williams (15), Scout First Class Paul Perry (15), and Life Scout Justin Williams (13) from Boy Scout Pack 24 in Highland, were at the Stater Bros. on Greenspot Road. Within a few hours, they had over six shopping carts full of donated food. Even as they posed for a picture, people would walk by and drop bags of food into their carts.
At the Stater Bros. Market on 40th St. in San Bernardino, Austin Fields of Troop 114 hands out a list showing desired nonperishable items. The items on the shopping included: green beans, corn/vegetables, peaches, cranberries/fruit, beans and rice (1 lbs. bags), soups and stews, and pumpkin pie filling.
Scouting for Food kick off the holiday season for the Salvation Army. Starting around Thanksgiving, the Salvation Bell Ringers will be out in front of many stores with the traditional Salvation Army kettles. Funds from these kettles go towards for this year’s Christmas Programs. The cooks at the Salvation Army Corps kitchens are starting to prepare of the two major holiday meals served on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. A list of volunteers is being created to keep track of those who wish to volunteer this season. On a side note, it should be known that the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps provides meals 360 days a year, not only to those in the shelter, but to anyone that shows up during dinner time!
There are several volunteer opportunities available including bell ringers, giving tree program, toy & food distribution, food preparation, and food service.
If you or your organization (i.e. church, school, social club, workplace, etc.) wish to donate goods, money, time, or if you are in need of assistance; contact the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps located at 746 W. Fifth St., San Bernardino, CA or call 909-881-1336.
Cub Scout Andrew McDonald (9) from Pack 24 accepts food donations from customers in front of the Stater Brothers on Highland Ave., in Highland, Ca. Andrew attends Grand Terrance Elementary school, and was accompanied by his Scout Leader Joe Gallegos.