Tracy Cub and Boy scouts plan to collect more than 2,000
pounds of food both this Saturday and the next to donate to Tracy Interfaith
The Scouting for Food drive has been a national scout
tradition for decades.
Nearly every troop and pack in Tracy will join forces for
the door-to-door collections this weekend.
Scouts will only accept non-perishable foods, and will cover
most neighborhoods in Tracy.
“We can’t hit every house, so if the people are interested
in participating, they can pick up phone and ask us to come, or they can take
the food out directly to Tracy Interfaith,” said Troop 515 Assistant Scout
Master Carol Merril, a volunteer for the past six years.
About 200 volunteers, including scouts, their siblings and
friends, should turn out for the Saturday drive, Merril said.
Last year, scouts gathered more than a ton of canned and dry
food for the ministry.
“The drive is something that’s critical for this time of
year,” Merril said. “The ministry needs as much help as they can get, and this
stocks their pantry when they need it most.”
Much of the food collected from the scouts’ drive will be
used for the ministry’s Thanksgiving meals.
“It’s one of our two biggest food drives every year,” said
Tracy Interfaith Director Darlene Quinn, adding that she might need a few extra
hands to help sort the food once the drive ends. “We need help like this
year-round. But this is the time that people want to help.”
With this food drive and the other smaller ones between now
and Christmas, Quinn said Tracy Interfaith should be in pretty good shape for
food till right around February — a welcome change after struggling though
summer to keep enough food in the place.