CLARKS SUMMIT — Some community members may have arrived home on Sunday, Feb. 26 to find a plastic bag and note affixed to their front doors. They were not left by pranksters, fuel company workers or salesmen. It was the work of Boy Scouts from Troop 160, as part of the Eagle Scout project of Brandon Kelleher.
The Life Scout is collecting donations of healthy food items for the Saint Francis Client Choice Food Pantry in Scranton. He and his fellow Scouts will return to the homes at which they left the bags to pick up donations on Sunday, March 5. Kelleher also placed donation boxes at the Abington Community Library and Saint Matthews Lutheran Church in Scranton. The collection will continue through Sunday, March 19.
Items requested include: no salt added canned vegetables, lite and no sugar added fruit and jelly, applesauce, whole grain pasta and macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, tuna, and 100 percent fruit juice.
“Through speaking to (Executive Director Monsignor Joseph Kelly), I have learned that there is a significant hunger problem in our area,” Kelleher told the Abington Journal via email.” I am hoping our community will come out to support our food drive. All donations will be greatly appreciated.”
The food pantry is a part of the Saint Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen. According to its website, it is open from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to noon seven days a week. The charity also operates a free clothing store during the same hours as the food pantry.
To learn more about how to donate or volunteer, call 570-342-5556.