Cub Scout Pack No. 174 donates food to Project Starburst

Participants collect nearly 2,000 pounds of nonperishable food

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — A local food pantry will be able to help more families in need this winter thanks to the efforts of area Cub Scouts.

After a month of collecting nonperishable food items from area residents and businesses, members of Reed City Cub Scout Pack No. 174 donated 1,894 pounds of food to Project Starburst last week.

Project Starburst is a nonprofit food bank which serves about 300 families each month in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

Now in its 38th year, the annual Scouting for Food drive is a community-wide event which aims to collect a variety of items for local food pantries.

Russ Nehmer, cubmaster for Pack No. 174, said collection boxes were placed at several area businesses and other entities.

"We appreciate all the businesses that participated and look forward to doing it again together next year," Nehmer said.

He said the 12 boys who participated in this project put in a total of 37 service hours, and will each earn an award for their work.

"It was hard work, and thanks to some helpful parent volunteers and pack leaders we were able to sort out out-dated items, re-box according to items and load, and transport items to Project Starburst," Nehmer said. "It was definitely eye-opening for the boys what something like this takes to do."