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Snow dampens Greenwich Scouting food drive, but officials extend donations through week

March 4, 2019

GREENWICH — The morning snow on Saturday put a damper on Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual food drive to benefit local food bank Neighbor to Neighbor, so members are looking for more community donations online and in-person this week.

Scouts could not set up outside grocery stores or pick up collection bags outside homes because of the snow accumulation.

“Unfortunately, the weather plays a huge part in the success of this event,” said Heather Brown, Program Director for the Greenwich Council, BSA, in a statement. “We get most of our donations from people out shopping and the snow cleared a little too late for us on Saturday.”

Brown is hoping those who support this town-wide good turn each year will bring food to Neighbor to Neighbor this week or donate fresh fruits and vegetables through the online campaign at ampyourgood.com.

Greenwich residents are encouraged to drop-off nonexpired items, such as canned beans (not green), canned fruit, tuna, boxed milk, pasta sauce, pasta, jelly, peanut butter and more. All donated food will be sorted and then delivered by the scouts to Neighbor to Neighbor.

Online giving through Amp Your Good ensures families have consistent access to fresh food throughout the year, gives Neighbor to Neighbor more control over the outcome of food drives and lessens the amount of manpower devoted to picking up, sorting and organizing canned goods.

Such donations help sustain the nonprofit through the leaner months after the holidays end and donations trail off.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com