Rochester Boy Scouts new partners with local pantry

Nov 27, 2019
ROCHESTER — Boy Scout Troop 31 delivered the food donations it has been collecting all month to Shepherd's Pantry in Acushnet on Nov. 24. November is Scouting for Food Month and Troop 31 Scouts and leaders participated. 
This year, the troop decided to make an even greater impact by collecting food donations for the Shepherd’s Pantry at the Long Plain United Methodist Church in Acushnet for Thanksgiving and Christmas. David Andrews, troop chaplain, leader, and scout father to Eagle Scout, Jacob Andrews spearheaded the effort. Both Andrews are dedicated members of their scout troop and church congregation.
"It's amazing to see how much of a difference you can really make in people’s lives by providing food to those who have fallen on hard times," said David, who has been a long-time volunteer at Shepherd's Pantry.
After collecting food throughout the moth of November at a drop box at the Plumb Memorial Library, scouts and leaders delivered the donations to Shepherd's Pantry, where they were greeted by Darryl Gifford, Long Plain United Methodist Church Board of Directors’ Representative.
Scouts were given a tour of the pantry and learned that anyone in need is welcomed to stop by on Saturday mornings to receive food, and how important volunteer work is to the pantry.
Troop 31 will continue to collect food donations at a new location at Plumb Corner Market through Christmas to support Shepherd’s Pantry. It is currently in great need of diapers and baby food, as well as, nonperishable food.