New Providence's Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts join together once again with Faith Lutheran Church for their annual Scouting for Food drive. Now in its 38th year, this community-wide event collects non-perishable items for the Starfish Food Pantry as well as struggling families and individuals who receive assistance from the Community Service Association of New Providence.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will deliver grocery bags to Borough residents' homes on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. On Saturday, November 23, they will pick up the filled bags and bring them to Faith Lutheran Church where they will be sorted, packed, and prepared for delivery to the food pantry and to the New Providence residents in need.

Monica Macauley, a New Providence mom and Scout coordinator for this event said, “This service project is really what New Providence is all about. Neighbors helping neighbors.  New Providence residents have always been so generous with their non-perishable food donations. She continued, "As the holiday season approaches, let’s continue to be mindful of those who may be struggling financially to put food on their tables. The Scouts in New Providence continue to exemplify the scout oath by taking part in this food drive. Thank you all those who continue to donate food or volunteer their time to this event, including our local supermarkets for their generous food bag donations.”

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She also urges neighbors to remember that the scouts will be busy in the town on these days, “We ask local drivers remember to use caution as the boys head door-to-door and cross streets as they place and collect the food bags.”

In addition to staples such as pasta, soup, and cereal (both cold and hot), other items requested for the food drive include mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pancake mix, and pancake syrup. The organizers and volunteers respectfully ask that residents do not send in food items past their expiration dates.

Scouting for Food would not be possible without the support of area grocery stores including Kings in Summit, ShopRite in Stirling, and Stop & Shop in Berkeley Heights (at press time). These stores generously donate more than 5,000 grocery bags to the cause.

For more information, contact: John Malinauskas at the CSA (908) 665-8254.