Boy Scouts Kick Off the 29th Annual Food Drive, Ask Community to Give GenerouslyFor the 29th consecutive year, the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America is preparing for its annual “Scouting for Food Good Turn” drive. On October 29th, thousands of Scouts from across the state will be distributing door hangers to neighbors’ homes seeking donations of nutritional, non-perishable canned goods. The annual initiative, which is the largest food drive in New England, highlights one of Scouting’s primary focuses – doing a “Good Turn” daily. More than 200 Scouting Packs and Troops will participate in the drive, collecting canned goods from families and individuals throughout Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Connecticut. Donation pick-ups will take place the following Saturday, November 5 starting at 9 a.m., and will be delivered to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “Every year the Scouts of the Narragansett Council are excited to participate in the food drive and eager to do their part and help make a difference,” said Joe DeStefano, Volunteer Coordinator for the annual Scouting for Food drive since it began in 1987. “This opportunity helps Boy Scouts learn first-hand the importance of helping people in need, and offers the chance for everybody to partake in the spirit of generosity.” Each month, 59,000 Rhode Islanders seek food assistance through the Food Bank’s network of emergency food programs. 11.8% of Rhode Island households are food insecure, and 4.7% of Rhode Island households experience severe hunger. 146,000 Rhode Islanders are living in poverty. – These numbers probably have to be updated. Over the years, the Scouts have collected more than 8.5 million pounds of food for the Food Bank. “The hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the Narragansett Council and Scouting for Food is truly remarkable,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “This food drive is so critical to our ability to serve the 1in 8 Rhode Islanders in need of food assistance, especially as we head into the winter months.” For more than 25 years, the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to this cause has inspired community members to get involved. “Scouting for Food is a special annual event that asks individuals in the greater community to do their part and give what they can,” said Tim McCandless, Scout Executive/CEO. “In preparation of another successful drive, we ask the community to give generously.” Scouting for Food is a cooperative effort supported by the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, WPRI-12 News, Fox Providence, the Rhode Island National Guard, The Valley Breeze and area fire stations.
Following the USDA’s guidelines for healthy eating, donors are encouraged to fill their bags with the Food Bank’s most needed items:
- Canned Soup, Tuna, Canned Meats, Peanut Butter, Nuts
- Canned Fruits & Vegetables, Dried Fruit, Tomato Sauce
- Nutritious Breakfast Cereals, Whole Wheat Pasta, Rice
- Granola Bars and other healthy snacks
- Canned or Dried Beans
If the Boy Scouts are not able to cover your neighborhood, please visit your local food pantry or the RI Community Food Bank located at 200 Niantic Ave., Providence.
Federal Hill Pizza Welcomes Henry and Fran Brewing Company to Introduce Their First Craft Beer, “Pleasant Surprise”On Saturday, November 12th, Federal Hill Pizza in Warren, RI is thrilled to welcome Henry and Fran Brewing Company of West Boylston, MA to introduce their first craft beer creation. Craft beer lovers are in for a real treat as the brand new brewery launches their beer “Pleasant Surprise” for the first time ever to the public. While most products launch with distributors that then market the beer to individual establishments, Henry and Fran has chosen Federal Hill Pizza as the location for their exclusive launch before the product is available to anyone else. Attendees are encouraged to show up early to get marked down for the first pour once the keg is tapped. The first pour will take home a souvenir glass. Other merchandise will be available for purchase. Henry & Fran co-founders Tim Westerman, Zach Laegel and Nick Schiebel will present the new brew and party with the guests. In addition to the pizza and beer, In Your Ear Records will be spinning live music starting at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 12th | 6:00pm to 10:00pm | 495 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885 | 401.245.0045