Wes Adams, chairperson of the Scouting for Food Program for the Stone Creek District of the Boy Scouts, reported that the Bountiful Community Food Pantry received 113,671 pounds (56.8 ton), while the Family Connection Center received 142,100 pounds (71 tons).
Scouting for Food is the largest food drive in Davis County each year, providing enough food to get the food pantries basically through the spring and into summer. Thousands of Scouts throughout the county and their leaders participated in this year’s drive, distributing shopping bags, collecting the filled bags and helping with the bags at the pantries.
Each of the past several years, both pantries have seen an increase in demand, as the recession has meant many workers have lost their jobs, causing families who normally don’t need help to seek assistance.
While the economic recovery is helping, prices on fuel and food are rising, often eating up any income gain a family makes.
For residents who may have missed Saturday’s food pickup, both pantries will continue to accept bags or boxes of food. The Bountiful Community Food Pantry is at 480 E. 150 North, in the east parking lot of Bountiful Community Church. The Family Connection Center Food Bank is at 1916 N. 700 West, Layton.