Central Florida Scouts Go Door-to-door “Scouting For Food”
Annual Service Project to Help Feed Neighbors in Need
ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2018) – Every November, local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers set out to fight hunger during their annual “Scouting for Food” campaign. This year, the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America collected 70,863 pounds of food for a local network of feeding partners, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
On Nov. 3, the Scouts visited nearly 500,000 homes to place hangers on the doors asking for residents to donate. A week later, the Scouts returned to collect the donations.
“One in six Central Floridians worries about where their next meal will come from,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “Thanks to the Boy Scouts and the community, more than 59,052 meals will be given to children, families, seniors and veterans in need.”
“Our ‘Scouting for Food’ campaign is the perfect example of the Boy Scout promise to help other people at all times,” added Eric Magendantz, CEO and Scout Executive of the Central Florida Council. “Year after year, the community steps up to show tremendous kindness and generosity.”
Florida Hospital, which will soon be Advent Health, sponsored this initiative as food insecurity is one of the organization’s top concerns.
“Food insecurity is a significant challenge in Central Florida that affects the overall health of our community,” said Shannon Gravitte, Florida Hospital´s vice president of Public Affairs. “This is a great opportunity to partner with Second Harvest and the Boy Scouts to help feed the most vulnerable in our communities.”
For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 58 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 16-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults. Second Harvest is distributing enough food to feed 48,000 people a day. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.
About Florida Hospital
Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is a faith-based institution focused on providing whole-person care — treating the mind, body and spirit. It is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association. Florida Hospital stretches across the state with over 30 hospitals and more than 32,000 employees. It includes the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, dozens of outpatient facilities and Centra Care urgent care locations throughout Central Florida.
Beginning in January 2019, Florida Hospital will be known as AdventHealth.
About Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. To learn more, visitwww.cflscouting.org