The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

2013 Boy Scout Jamboree

July 24, 2013

Boy Scouts donate 14,000 pounds of food

Even after the Boy Scouts have clocked over 250,000 hours of community service, they are still giving back in a big way.

Leftover food from the Jamboree are being donated to local food banks and food pantries, according to Jamboree Director Larry Pritchard.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Pritchard said.

Compass Food Group and the Boy Scouts contacted local food service agencies about three months ago to get everything organized beforehand.

United Way Executive Director Margaret O’Neal said Mountaineer Food Bank and the United Way helped figure out how the food should be distributed.

Eight local food pantries received 14,000 pounds of food Friday, according to O’Neal, and she said she was expecting a donation of the same size Tuesday.

Food Service Director John Mauro said non-perishables, canned products, frozen meats and anything unopened would be donated.

He said Tuesday in his site alone there were two remaining pallets of food, and there were an additional four food sites at the Jamboree.

“That should be quite a bit of poundage,” Mauro said.

O’Neal said the last donation especially helped Carpenter’s Corner and Tuesday’s donation would benefit the Pine Haven Shelter.

“It’s a great thing to see. This is just one of the many behind the scenes benefits of the Jamboree for the community.”

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2013 Boy Scout Jamboree