Scouting for Food
The Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its annual “Scouting for Food” Drive Saturday November 9, 2013. The “Scouting for Food” Drive is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest community service project. Scouts from Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, York, Chester, & Lancaster counties participated in the Drive. As a collective group, the Palmetto Council collected 58,092 pounds of food.
The food and clothing items collected across the Palmetto Council were donated to local panties and shelters in each county. Taylor Thomas, a local representative of the Boy Scouts, commented “The 2013 Scouting for Food Drive was very successful for the Palmetto Council. I am very appreciative of the community support for this Drive. We strive to teach our young men in the Scouting program to support our community, especially during the holiday season. On behalf of the Boy Scouts, thank you for your support!” In total, Scouts volunteered 9,074 hours of service for this food drive. According to Thomas, “We look forward to growing the Scouting program in all six counties and finding more ways to give back to the community.”
2013 Palmetto Council Scouting for Food Chair
Lou Landrum, after a successful career with Spartanburg County Department of Social Services, left this agency to become the Executive Director of the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen. She is currently serving as President of Food Rescue of Spartanburg, is President of Westside Sympathy Club and is active in her church, Foster Chapel Baptist Church.
Last year, Mrs. Landrum received the Alpha Kapa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Regional Conference Global Poverty Initiative Award. She has also received the Spartanburg Methodist College Pioneering Woman 2011 Award in Missions. She has also received the Women in History Month Award from the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. as well as the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award from Wofford College.
Mrs. Landrum continues to stand on her favorite scripture “Blessed is he who has regard for the poor”…Psalm: 41:1.