Our troop’s signature community service event is our annual food drive to benefit the local Eastchester Community Action Program (ECAP), which serves Bronxville, Tuckahoe & Eastchester. In our largely middle class area, it is surprising how many families need food. ECAP director Don Brown expressed how his initial disbelief about serving the community turned into a deeper appreciation after only one season, as over 200 families are typically served during the holiday season, and some families benefit from multiple meals in one day.
As Troop 353 has grown in size over the past few years, so have our scout’s combined food contribution efforts. Each scout is tasked with placing 12 empty grocery bags (750 were donated by Trader Joe’s) in their neighborhood with a request to contribute non-perishable items to this worthy cause. As the volume of food bags contributed continued to escalate over the years, so did the demand for an organized space to sort and store the food. The solution arose in the form of an outstanding Eagle Project by Jason Chin, whereby he contributed several wire shelves on rollers as well as built shelves in the upstairs after-school/ recreational room. (For more info about Jason’s project, check it out his written summary on the Eagles Nest page.)
Another indication of how big and popular this single night of massive food organization has become is the clearly growing number of non-registered adults that also eagerly volunteer.
Unquestionably, these nights are some of our troop’s proudest moments! A very special thanks to one Mr. Michael William, the event’s founder and ever-passionate supporter! Giving back to the community — a Scout is indeed Helpful!