CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Area Scouts collected a record 328,723 pounds of food during a pandemic when the need has never been greater.
WCNC Charlotte teamed up with the Boy Scouts of America to make a different in the community and help fight hunger. Scouts with the Mecklenburg County Council, Central NC Council and Palmetto Council went door to door on Saturday, February 6 to collect much needed donations for various food pantries.
Mecklenburg County Council, the largest participating council, posted a record 328,723 pounds of food, an 18 percent increase from last year. The Palmetto Council, saw a 57% increase in donations and the Central NC Council saw a 26% increase donations.
All of the donations collected by the Mecklenburg County Council benefit Loaves & Fishes. Scouting For Food is their single largest food drive of the year. The food collected will help feed families through the spring and summer. The pandemic has caused Loaves & Fishes to feed almost twice as many people every week.
Donations collected by the Central NC Council and Palmetto Council benefit many different nonprofits in the area.