For the past three years, Boy Scouts from Troop 45 held very successful holiday food drives at ShopRite in Warwick to benefit the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. This year’s food drive was yet another event cancelled by the coronavirus.
Determined to continue their service to others, eight 11-year-old Boy Scouts from the troop chose to donate $120 of their own money to the pantry. Families and friends were inspired to donate an additional $165 and 126 pounds of nonperishable items. Eileen Patterson heard about the scouts’ collection and offered Track 7’s outdoor parking lot, allowing the scouts to safely conduct a larger food drive on Sat., Dec. 19.
The food drive was announced on local Warwick Facebook pages and Warwick’s response was quick and bountiful with large donations of $2,000 coming in from Brian and Rene Conway and $1,500 from Christ Episcopal Church. In total, Scouts BSA Troop 45 helped raise over $4,400 and 360 pounds of nonperishable items for the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, closing out 2020 with some really great news!
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton (left) adds a generous donation to a food drive hosted by Boy Scouts from Troop 45. Also pictured (front row, from left) are: Alexander Rodrigues, Dylan Svec, Holden Frommeyer & (back row, from left): Jackson Frommeyer, Sebastian Brand, & Joshua Rodrigues.