Each November, Scouts BSA coordinate a national food drive called Scouting for Food. Locally, Pack 251 and Troop 120 have been collecting food for Shippensburg community partners for decades. On the first Saturday in November, Scouts walk their neighborhoods and drop off paper grocery bags for families to fill with donations. On the second Saturday in November, they return to pick up donations, followed by sorting and delivering. This year, the beneficiaries of the collection are Hound Packs and Big Red’s Cupboard. The collection, which topped 10,000 pieces in 2022, provides nonperishable food and personal care items to hundreds of children, teens, and young adults in our community.

We are encouraging offices on campus to show their Ship spirit and donate! Please contact Jen Milburn to receive a paper bag for donations. Scouts visit campus to pick up donations on the morning of Friday, November 10.

“The boys and girls look forward to this event every year; even our youngest Scouts know that their participation has a positive and important impact on our community. I am incredibly proud of their hard work on this and other service events throughout the year. Hunger continues to be a challenge within our campus community, and I am grateful for the support Big Red’s Cupboard will receive, ” said Jen Milburn, director for housing and residence life at Shippensburg University and den leader for the Scouts 5th grade group, Arrow of Light.  Jen has been involved in Scouting for 4 years and is starting a girl BSA troop in the spring for her Scouts finishing Cub Scouts.

Big Red’s Cupboard is also looking for student volunteers to assist with food sorting on Saturday, November 11. To learn more about Scouting in Shippensburg, please check out Pack 251 (K – 5th grade) and Troop 120 (6th – 12th grade).