BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Yellow plastic bags filled with food were everywhere at the Belmar Community Center on Saturday afternoon — on tables and counters in the kitchen, in hallways and atop the stage in the multipurpose room.
It was all in a day’s work for members of Belmar Boy Scout Troop 40 and Cub Scout Pack 40, who collected about 2,500 pounds of nonperishable food items during its annual Food for Scouting drive.
After leaving empty bags at the front doors of homes throughout Belmar and Lake Como last Saturday, November 9, they came back a week later to pick up the bags to find many of them brimming with such items as soup, cereal, peanut butter, pasta and so much more — compliments of their generous neighbors.
Some 40 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Webelos, troop and pack leaders, and parents participated in this year’s drive, which has been a traditional rite of fall for the Belmar/Lake Como community.
“We appreciate the efforts of our families, as well as the generosity of the people of Belmar,” said Ron Carlucci, committee secretary for Belmar Troop/Pack 40, which has a membership of 14 Boy Scouts and 30 Cubs/Webelos.
Several local pantries in Belmar, including the one located at the Belmar Community Center at 503 Seventh Avenue, will benefit from the local effort. Scouting for Food is an annual food drive sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America that takes place in communities across the country to help support local food pantries.
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