By Wendy Holdren
THE SUMMIT —
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 is 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 two pallets of food remained, and the Summit has an additional four food sites for 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.”