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Boy Scouts collect food for community members in need

Boy Scout Charles Welch extended his scout troop's efforts to collect food for community members
Boy Scout Charles Welch extended his scout troop’s efforts to collect food for community members in need and put a sign and box next to his mailbox encouraging folks to just drop off their donations.

Encinitas-based Boy Scout Troop troop 776 came up with creative ways to run a food drive during the pandemic and collected more than 500 lbs of food for St. John’s Food Pantry.

Encinitas-based Boy Scout Troop troop 776 collected more than 500 lbs of food for St. John’s Food Pantry in Encinitas.
Since the scouts could not go door to door to let neighbors know about the food drive during the pandemic, the troop found creative ways to encourage neighbors to donate. The scouts put up posters and wrote letters asking for donations for the community food pantry.

One scout, Charles Welch, put a sign and box next to his mailbox encouraging folks to just drop off their donations. Charles decided to continue to collect donations even beyond the troop’s efforts since he found out the food pantry is serving more families in need and he wanted to carry out the boy scout slogan to “do a good turn daily.”
Charles has been collecting a box full of food donations per week.

Non-perishable food, toilet paper and hand wipes can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays at St. John Church’s food pantry, 1001 Encinitas Blvd. or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the parish office. For information about donating, call (760) 753-6254.

-- Linda McIntosh is a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune


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