Lehighton Scouting for Food collection donated to Trinity Pantry
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Boy Scouts from Troop 82, Devin Frantz, Jeremy Eckman, Nathan Kroboth and Jacob Hoffner; and from Cub Pack 145, Zach Balk, form a human chain to deliver food to the Lehighton Trinity Pantry.
Boy Scout Troop 82 and Cub Pack 82 and 145, which meet at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton; along with Troop 187 and Pack 187, which meet at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lehighton, took part in the Scouting for Food project, which culminated in the collection of 4,980 pounds of food donated to Trinity Pantry.
The Scouting for Food project was coordinated by Judy Wingert, food coordinator of Boy Scout Troop 82. Wingert organizes and keeps a record of the event.
Boy Scout Troop 82 led the service project, collecting 154 pounds; Boy Troop 187 and Cub Pack 187 collected 1,382 pounds; Cub Pack 82 collected 1,623 pounds; and Cub Pack 145 collected 1,593 pounds.
A $5 monetary donation was also collected and given to the food pantry.
The Lehighton food pantry serves 480 households every month in the Lehighton area.
Wingert said that the Scouting for Food Project is a two-week process that is a nationwide event.
The previous week Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts week distributed door hangers and then revisited the homes to pick up the filled bags to be weighed and sorted and then given to the volunteers from the pantry.
"I want to thank everyone from the Boy Scouts to the Lehighton residents who helped in the fight to prevent hunger," said Wingert.