A week after leaving door hangers to remind people of the upcoming Scouting for Food, local Cub Scout Calvin Burt and his den returned to the same Pleasant Hill neighborhoods to pick up donated food on November 17th. This was Calvin’s 4th year participating in this annual event and like always, he got a thrill out of spotting the food at participating houses. Normally he and his den would walk, but with the smoke-filled skies resulting from the fires in Butte County, their families drove half the route.
Calving shared, “After we collected the food, we drove to the church and dropped it off in the boxes at the church. The Boy Scouts helped me put it in the box. The box goes into the trailer and then it gets delivered to the people who need it.”
Scouting for Food is the second largest nation-wide food drive. Though Calvin collected more this year than in any other (19 bags), the overall amount of food donated in Contra Costa and Solano counties was down 15% this year. It’s speculated that the poor air quality from the fire in Butte County played a role in the decline.
To the people who left a bag of groceries on their porch for the Scouts to pick up, Calvin says, “Thank you, we appreciate your donation.” And to the people on the receiving end, he also has a message: “You’re welcome and we hope you enjoy your food.”