LA GRANDE — Many food insecure families are working families, senior citizens on a fixed income or single parents. Some are veterans who fought for our country. While Union County has a strong network of food bank distribution sites, a Friday Backpack program and harvest sharing sites, sometimes there are gaps. Emergency supplies make a difference when a parent has to escape domestic violence quickly or when a homebound elder has no food and no money until the next month. Sometimes, people need food they can prepare in their car or in a hotel room.
To help fill these gaps, on Nov. 11 the Boy Scouts of America Troop 514 along with local cub scouts will be conducting a Scouting for Food drive before and after the parade in La Grande. All are encouraged to help local veterans and food insecure individuals and families by donating nonperishable food items for the emergency food pantries at the Department of Human Services and Shelter From the Storm. Scouts will be at Grocery Outlet in Island City and at Safeway in La Grande from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.