NUTLEY, NJ - Boy Scouts, Wolves, Bears, and Lions will all join forces this month to help those in need in our community. For 2018, the Scouts will use the Ciccolini Property as a drop off and sorting location to improve the efficiency of the project. 

Preparation for the annual Scouting for Food Drive begins on St. Patrick's Day weekend when scouts from across the township will distribute bags to Nutley households. The bags, donated by Trader Joe's and collected from NFSB's pantry operation, can be filled by residents for pick up on the following Saturday. 

On the morning of Saturday March 24, scout families will make their way through the township collecting the bags and brining them to the Ciccolini building. Once there, volunteers will check the expiration dates of all items and sort according to product type. Food items will be directed to the NFSB food pantry, personal care items will be directed toward the care closet at Vincent United Methodist Church.  

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According to Nutley Family Service Bureau Director Eileen Painter peanut butter is always a good choice to donate because it is shelf stable even after it has been opened. Canned food like tuna, soup, and fruit are always great choices for donation. Painter always suggests cereal as well.  

Each year the project has grown, there were 3,405 items donated in 2007, 10,653 in 2013 , 17,475 in 2016 and 22,425 last year according to former Commissioner Walt Smith, Pack 141 Chairman and chairman of the project.  “This is always an exhausting day, but a great way to teach the Scouts, especially the young Cub Scouts the meaning of helping others”, stated Smith

Residents can also drop off donations at the Ciccolini Brothers building 537 Franklin Avenue on March 24 between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m..

Boy Scouts will also be collecting at the entrances and exits of  Nutley Park ShopRite on March 24 to accept donations from patrons of that market. Nutley Park ShopRite is a major supporter of the event.

In 2017, more than $300 in cash was collected at the ShopRite. Those funds are used to buy fresh produce and other perishable items for clients of the pantry. 

Cub Scout Packs 141 and 142 along with Boy Scout from Troop 147 will be participating. Member of the Nutley Rotary Club will also volunteer their time.  

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