The Boy Scouts of America’s Gulf Stream Council and Tire Kingdom are partnering with residents to fight hunger in the southeast Florida area during the annual Scouting for Food initiative.
In 2018, 37 million Americans — including 6 million children — lived in households that were food insecure, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
To help alleviate hunger in the local community, the Gulf Stream Council of roughly 6,500 scouts canvassed area neighborhoods on Saturday, Nov. 2 to distribute food-collection bags to homes. This weekend, on Saturday, Nov. 9, they will pick up the bags filled with non-perishable items and deliver them to local food pantries. The Gulf Stream Council Service Center is also another public drop-off location. Last year, scouts collected 42,370 pounds of food. This year, they hope to collect 150,000 pounds of food.
The Gulf Stream Council has been serving the youth of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Henry, Glades and Okeechobee counties for more than 104 years.
There are currently more than 8,500 registered members — 6,500 youth and 2,000 adult volunteers — benefiting from the programs offered through the council. For more information, visit www.gulfstreamcouncil.org.