Cub Scouts collect for Marysville Community Food Bank

Members of Cub Scout Pack 180 present 668 pounds of food items to Marysville Community Food Bank on Nov. 21. - Kirk Boxleitner
Members of Cub Scout Pack 180 present 668 pounds of food items to Marysville Community Food Bank on Nov. 21.
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MARYSVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Marysville Community Food Bank got a helping hand from the community courtesy of the members of Cub Scout Pack 180, who showed up carrying enough non-perishable food items to nearly double their total of 352 pounds from last year.

The Cub Scouts handed over their 668 pounds of food items to Marysville Community Food Bank Director Dell Deierling on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 21, as Grace Ustaris, committee chair for Cub Scout Pack 180, explained how her kids had collected that much food, more than three weeks earlier than they did last year.

“They not only went to their family members and friends, but they also scoured their neighborhoods, and even held parties where they asked for food instead of gifts,” Ustaris said.

Mark Gorrell, past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 7863, serves as the institutional head for Cub Scout Pack 180, and likewise described himself as pleased with both the effort that the Cub Scouts invested and the rewards that it yielded.

“I’m very impressed with this outcome, and I’m very happy that this is their second annual donation to the Marysville Community Food Bank,” said Gorrell, who agreed with Ustaris that the Scouts’ activities have been in keeping with the Knights of Columbus’ core values of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. “This is definitely a cause that’s an ongoing benefit to the community as a whole. The holiday season is a prime time for such giving.”

While Ustaris estimated that last year’s turnout of as many as two dozen Cub Scouts was “probably the biggest turnout” they’d had up to that point, Pack 180 Cubmaster Matt Gibson credited 33 Scouts with going out to collect on behalf of the food bank this year, from their homes to local grocery stores such as Safeway.

“They’ve put a lot of hard work into this,” Gibson said. “It’s taught them some important lessons about citizenship.”

Deierling not only gave the Scouts a chance to weigh the food they collected, along with themselves, on the Marysville Community Food Bank’s large scale, but also explained how important such contributions are to the Food Bank, well beyond the holidays.

“This might not feed the people who come in tomorrow,” Deierling said on Nov. 21, “but whatever food we don’t hand out over the holidays can last us several months down the road, just barely long enough to reach the Letter Carriers’ Drive in May, which reminds people to think of us again. It’s a funny cycle. If everyone just thought about the food bank all year round, our budgets and inventory would be a lot easier to manage.”

Deierling praised the Cub Scouts for keeping pace with the donations made by young people who are much older than then, and noted that donations of pet food are appreciated as well

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