Don’t forget to donate nonperishable foods, Saturday

By Surveyor staff

On March 21, three local Boy Scouts troops, two Cub Scouts packs and six Girl Scouts troops will collect food for their annual Scouting For Food donation day in Berthoud. These young, hardworking volunteers are donating their time to provide food for the local House of Neighborly Service.

The House of Neighborly Service is a nonprofit with a local branch located at the First Presbyterian Church, providing assistance to impoverished individuals in the Fort Collins, Loveland and Berthoud areas.

The 150 children and volunteers will be contributing to the nearly 11,000 individuals benefited by the food baskets provided by this nonprofit. The troops will travel from door to door collecting as much food as their community is willing to give to them. The food collected in Berthoud will be used only for those in the Berthoud community.

During the week of March 16, the local area troops will deliver reminder flyers to the homes of those houses they wish to donate. On the morning of March 21, the Boy, Cub and Girl Scout troops will scour Berthoud neighborhoods and some of the surrounding rural areas to collect donated items.

Joining together, the young scouts will gather and organize as many items as possible. Food items that make great donations include beans, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, macaroni and cheese, rice, and any other non-perishable food items. Additional items include shampoo, razors, toothpaste, tissues and toilet paper. More suggestions are also available on Scouting for Food Berthoud Facebook page.

Those contributing are asked to please leave the non-perishable items on the curb or doorstep where it is plainly visible by 8:30 a.m. on March 21. Expired food, damaged cans or boxes, and alcohol will not be accepted. An incredible opportunity to donate to those less fortunate is being made possible by our younger generations.