RE: Scouting for Food
Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Thu, 17 Dec 1992 12:51:05 EST
Our council reported 175,000 pounds of food collected. That is down from 225,000
last year. Our district was up slightly from 36,000 to 40,000. One item of note
from my point of view was an interesting planning statistic.
There were, IMHO, two key reasons for the shortfall at council. One was too few
bags. We were getting as many bags as we could use. This year we were somewhat
limited. My troop, which could have handled 2000 bags got only 1000. That was
the source of my interesting statistic. We handed out 1000 bags. We got back
2270 pounds of food or about 2.2 pounds per bag issued.
The other reason for the shortfall- can we say "Andrew?" Folks had already been
hit up pretty hard to support that effort.
According to our local food agency, Last year was the first year that they did
not have to turn away anyone who asked for food. They attributed that fact to
Scouting For Food. In fact they even sent a truck load south for Andrew relief.
They were that confident that we would come through again.
Now if we can just get Council to use grocery style plastic bags (current ones
can't take the load) and get that other Scouting organization involved ....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City