Food drive on tap for this weekend

April 10, 2019

Schuyler residents have the opportunity to help their fellow community members this weekend without having to leave their homes.

That’s because Schuyler Boy Scout Troop 211 and Cub Scout Pack 211 are conducting their annual “Scouting for Food” event on Saturday.

“This is one of our community service projects,” said Kerri Langemeier, Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop. “It’s teaching them to do things for others. Part of the Scout background is teaching them community service, teaching them to help others.”

Scouts distributed door hangars last weekend to homes throughout town to explain the project. Residents wishing to donate are asked to place their non-perishable items on their front doorstep, where it is visible from the street, by 9 a.m. Saturday Scouts will begin their pick-up at 9:30.

All donations will go directly to the Colfax County Food Pantry, which is run by the Schuyler Ministerial Association. The latter is a group of Christian churches and area Christian ministries serving Schuyler, according to the Rev. Sarah Gengler of First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler.

“This pantry serves anyone in Colfax County and provides staples for families who just need a little extra to help out right now. It’s one of those silent blessings that people don’t really talk about but one that is needed more than people realize,” Gengler said. “There is a great need in Schuyler for the food pantry …”

Gengler said donations are always needed, but that the recent historic flooding that ravaged much of Schuyler, Colfax County and other portions of Nebraska has increased that need.

As for what to donate, Gengler made several specific recommendations.

“Canned fruits and veggies, canned meat, dried pasta, dried rice, anything that people can make in a microwave, like cups of mac and cheese and ravioli,” Gengler said, also noting cereal and peanut butter and jelly. “We’re in need of things that are microwavable because we have flood victims who are in and out of hotels. So those things are handy if they can microwave and not have to worry about a stove, but we will take everything and anything.”

The Boy Scout list suggests peanut butter, cereal, cake mixes, peas, corn, green beans, canned fruit (not applesauce), hamburger helper and bag noodle or rice side dishes. It also states tuna and canned chicken are not needed at this time.

The local U.S. Post Office is also tentatively scheduled to put on some kind of food drive in May, though specific details weren’t provided at press time. Gengler said the efforts of local Scouts and USPS were appreciated, adding her thanks to residents who choose to participate by making donations.

“This yearly drive they do is one of the largest drives we have and without it, it puts more pressure on individuals and the ministerial association, so the Boy Scouts and USPS are blessing us abundantly through their efforts,” she said.

For questions or pick-up of missed donations, contact Langemeier at 402-615-1304, or Doreen Gibbons at 402-615-4009.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.