Scouting for Food fills pantry

On last Saturday, a rainy and dismal day, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Cub Scouts came together to make other families days brighter.

It was their annual Scouting for Food campaign, which helps them fill the Marcellus Ecumenical Food Pantry located in the First Presbyterian Church of Marcellus.

By 11 a.m., the group had unloaded at least 30 recycling bins of non-perishable food items, said Sheryl Selesky, Troop 66 committee member and parent.

"It's a good community service project," she said.

David Gooden, 15, is working toward his Eagle Scout distinction and has been in Boy Scout Troop 66 for the last five years. Each year he has helped with the food collection.

"It's a really good project for the community," Gooden said. "It shows you how people are willing to come together to get everything done."

While he was sorting downstairs at the food pantry, Cub Scouts were busily unloading bins full of food from cars the pulled up along the curb outside. When a bin was full, they would slide it down the conveyor belt to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who sorted out the products before taking them into the pantry.

According to Selesky, the shelves inside the pantry were bare when the morning began. When all the troops packed up, there was no shelving to be seen -- together they filled the walls with dry goods that will go to families in need.

"I think it's a great idea," said 14-year-old Kelsey Nowak. "It helps a lot of families, and why not do it?"

As a member of Girl Scout Troop 786, Nowak said she's not sure how long she's been helping out during Scouting for Food. Her father works with the Boy Scouts, so Nowak has been helping with both groups for several years.

According to Nowak, filling the pantry lets her know that she's helping people in her community and quite possibly changing lives.

"This is our biggest community effort throughout the year," Selesky said. "It's a life learning experience."

To learn more about scouting in Marcellus, visit marcellusscouting.org.

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