NUTLEY, NJ - Within hours of alerting the community to the need for volunteers, dozens of Nutley residents signed up to help Nutley Family Service Bureau with the annual Scouting for Food drive. More opportunities to help are still available. 

Nutley Family Service Bureau (NFSB) recently put out the call for volunteers to help "move a small grocery store" during the period between the annual Scouting for Food Drive and Easter.

Each year, for the past several years, scouts in Nutley collect food donations from the front doors of residents as a part of a national service project. In Nutley, the food is collected for the food pantry operation at NFSB. In 2019, more than 38,000 items were collected - hence NFSB Executive Director Eileen Painter's reference to "a small grocery store."

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On drive day (March 21) an army of scouts collect food from doorsteps and deliver it to Franklin Reformed Church where the sorting process begins. Given the volume of food collected, it cannot all be done in one day. In 2019, the process lasted two weeks. This year, the whole project needs to be completed by April 4. 

Sorting consists of organizing like things together, but it also involves locating expiration dates on food and boldly marking the food with the dates with Sharpies. 

In order to make all the sorting and dating work, an army of volunteers is needed. To match the desire to help, with the need for help, NFSB established an online scheduling portal that allows volunteers to determine what times are available.

To sign up to help with "moving a small grocery store" click Scouting for Food Volunteers


Related Article: Scouting for Food 2020 is March 21 in Nutley

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