Reed City Club Scouts Collect Food for Struggling Families

January 6, 2020

Reed City Cub Scouts Pack 174 once again did their Annual Scouting for Food drive. Now in its 38th year, this community-wide event collects non-perishable items for local food pantries; this year donations will went to The Osceola-Mecosta Project Starburst pantry, who help over 300 struggling families/ individuals and homeless needing assistance just from the Reed City and surrounding area.

Area residents have always been so generous with their non-perishable food donations in the past years in helping the Scouts collect. As the holiday season approached, Cubmaster Russ Nehmer was mindful of those who may be struggling financially to put food on their tables; so he chose to work with the Project Starburst upon hearing their funding was cut by the United Way.

In addition to staples such as canned veggies/fruits, pasta, rice, beans, tuna, soup, and cereal (both cold and hot), other items requested for the food drive include mayonnaise, peanut butter, jelly, ketchup, mustard, pancake mix, and pancake syrup. Cooking oil, toilet paper, baby wipes, baby food or toiletries are some of the items that were collected. The total in all collected items was just shy of 1,900lbs of food.

The Scouts placed collection boxes at the following businesses to make donation points easier: Reed City City Hall, Patterson Flowers, RC Brewery, Huntington Bank, Lake-Osceola State Bank, Love Inc., Hometown Pharmacy, Sonny’s Sports Bar & Grill, Blown-Away Hair Salon, Buckboard Bar & Grille, Holdfast Tattoo, Reed City Tire, Osceola Road Commission, McDonald’s, Shaker’s Party Store, Family Dollar, Pizza Hut, Tubelite Inc., General Mills/Yoplait, Happy Tails Grooming, GT Norman Elementary School, Family Farm & Home, Burger King, Rite Aid, Crossroads Realty, J.A. Grocery, Family Optometric, Holdfast Tattoos, and Magnolia Boutique & Coffee Shop. 
Scouting for Food would not be possible without the support of area businesses and our wonderful residents, says Nehmer. We thank them again for their support in this great community cause. A few businesses even donated toys and cold weather items. 

“We dropped off our food at Project Starburst on Monday and they were shocked. It was in a good way though. Our food drive program was a huge success with several businesses really standing out. General Mills/ Yoplait Tube Team had the biggest single donation, winning a Team dinner of choice ( they chose to donate that money back to the Pack 174) and then the combined collection from the GT Norman Elementary school was second, with Mrs. Webster’s 5th Grade Class winning a Pizza Party,” noted Nehmer. 

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