Boy Scouts Collect 12,880 Pounds of Food for The Salvation Army(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Boy Scouts from the Inland Empire collected 12,880 pounds, or 6 tons of food for The Salvation Army’s San Bernardino Corps. The food was donated by the Boy Scouts over two weekends in November.
“That is a lot of food, and we need it,” said Major Daniel Henderson, corps officer. “We use this food primarily in the 600 gift boxes we give to area families in need at Christmas, and it will also help supplement our daily meal program, including special holiday meals we are serving on Christmas Day.”
In December, the San Bernardino Corps assembles holiday food baskets for more than 600 local families. Canned food donations received from the Boy Scouts will be included in those baskets along with a $10 gift card to Stater Bros. for a Turkey. In addition to the holiday baskets, a delicious Christmas Dinner is served on Christmas Day to those in need.
By asking for donations in front of local areas Stater Bros. stores on Nov. 1st and Nov. 8th, the Boy Scouts collected 12,880 pounds of food. Last year the donations weighed in at 11,004 pounds. The Boy Scouts have collected tons of food for the Salvation Army and other charities with meal programs for the past several years.
“There are a lot of needy people out there, so it may not go far, but hopefully it will help,” said Denise Wampole, inland empire scouting for food coordinator.
Boy Scouts from San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Highland, Grand Terrace, Fontana, and Bloomington collected food for the Salvation Army. They were participating in a nationwide event the Boy Scouts of America calls “Scouting for Food.”
Each Scouting for Food drive benefits a local charity. For instance, not only did troops from San Bernardino and nearby communities collect food for the Salvation Army, a troop from Lake Arrowhead that is part of the same Arrowhead District as those helping the Salvation Army collected food for a shelter in Blue Jay.
The San Bernardino Salvation Army will put the food to good use. On Christmas Day, it hosts a Christmas Dinner that often brings in 300 people. Although much of the food served at that dinner is fresh, some of the non-perishable items the Boy Scouts collect may be included.
If there’s still any of the six tons of food left over after Christmas, the San Bernardino Corps will use the food every day for up to 75 – 90 people at its Hospitality House homeless shelter and up to 300 people who receive a free dinner.
Meals for anyone who is hungry are served six nights a week at 4:45 p.m. Sunday through Friday at 746 W. Fifth Street location. More than 40,000 meals are served annually at the Fifth Street location.
The San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, and San Bernardino. For help or for more information call The Salvation Army at (909) 888-1336.
About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. The San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.
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