Food Bank thanks Scouting for Food volunteers

Food Bank thanks Scouting for Food volunteers

Letters to the Editor

Scouting for Food boxes at the Alameda Food Bank warehouse. Contributed photo.

Editor's Note - Thanksgiving turkey update: The Alameda Food Bank has secured 900 turkeys for needy local families this Thanksgiving. They continue to collect food for the remainder of the holiday season; details are here.

Dear Editor:

The Alameda Food Bank would like to offer our sincerest thanks to everyone in the community who participated in the November 16 Scouting for Food Drive. This is a national day of service by the Boy Scouts of America, and the Alameda Council showed amazing leadership to ensure our local program was exemplary. Our local Scouts distributed door hangers and bags, then canvassed and collected canned food that local families contributed from their homes. Scouting for Food is the single largest annual food drive for the Alameda Food Bank.

We also want to thank the Rotary Club, Alameda Elks Lodge, American Red Cross, Girl Scout troops and local college students who helped to unpack and sort food donations. Of particular note is the participation of many volunteers from local Coast Guard units under the direction of Commande. Peter Brady, the executive officer for Coast Guard Base Alameda. Coast Guard volunteers were critical in packing and getting boxed food across town for temporary storage at the food bank warehouse.

This year’s Scouting for Food Drive brought in over 17,000 pounds of non-perishable items for distribution to needy families right here in Alameda. In 2012, the Alameda Food Bank served 5383 clients, 9 percent of whom were over 65 and 31 percent who were children under the age of 18. We offer our sincerest thanks for this truly community-wide effort.

Troy Gilbert
Executive Director
Alameda Food Bank