Barrington scouts collect 244 boxes of food


Local Cub and Boy Scouts recently collected 244 boxes of food from Barrington residents as part of this year’s Scouting for Food Drive.

On Nov. 4, dozens of scouts from local troops and dens panned away across local neighborhoods to pick up plastic bags that had been dropped off about a week earlier.

The items were taken to the Barrington Public Safety Complex where they were boxed up by members of Troop 4 and other scouts from around town. The food was later picked up and taken to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

A local non-profit agency also received a donation through the drive. Troop 4 scoutmaster Tom Bledsoe said residents are asked not to donate glass items though several did. Mr. Bledsoe said these items, about six boxes worth, were donated to TAP-In on County Road.

Mr. Bledsoe also said the collection accidentally brought in a brand new pair of glasses. He said the specs had been left outside a Barrington home to be picked by a customer.

Mr. Bledsoe said the scouts mistakenly picked up the glasses as a donation though the owner was tracked down and the item returned.

Overall, Mr. Bledsoe said this year’s collection was down from last year when scouts packed up about 400 boxes of food. Those looking to donate to the drive can still do so. Walgreen's stores will have collection boxes through Saturday, Nov. 17.


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