Montgomery County scouts donate 5,000 pounds of food

Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Cub Scout troops from Montgomery County collected and donated 5,000 pounds of food to the Dickerson Food Pantry. Photo: Canned food/ AP

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2013 — It was a much-needed donation. Dickerson Food Pantry in upper Montgomery County was almost completely empty, so much so that organization members were buying food each week to support those in need.

But on Saturday, Boy Scout, Cub Scout, and Girl Scout troops from around Poolesville donated 5,000 pounds of food to the pantry. The 2-½ tons donated were the result of food collections conducted by the scout groups throughout the community.

For Dickerson Food Pantry, which provides food and assistance to families and individuals in northern Montgomery County, the donation was a miracle that will help keep them stocked throughout the winter. Before the scouts’ donation, pantry workers had seen an increase in those needing assistance with the weather starting to change, but a decrease in donations.

The pantry usually provides 80 to 100 pounds of food per family in need.

Donations for Dickerson Food Pantry and other pantries part of the Western Upper Montgomery County Help, are accepted at Poolesville Town Hall (19721 Beall St) or Crafts-A-Plenty (19936 Fisher Ave).

The Gazette contributed to this report

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