Thoughtful Food is Food for Thought…
by Cate Murway

Former Bristol Borough Police Chief Arnold A. Porter was beaming, “We had a great turnout yesterday at the AOC Souper Bowl of Caring - both food and volunteers. A total of 37 volunteers showed up including 8 from the scouts and 5 from BHS. We had 5 deliveries of food of approximately equal proportions. If Frank’s group delivered 663.2 lbs. then our approximate total for the day was 3166 lbs.!!”
The food was distributed to 5 different pantries.
The Advisory and Oversight Committee [AOC] was founded in 2010 by the Grundy Foundation, which serves as its fiscal advisor. Residents, parents, students, and community stakeholders make up AOC's volunteer membership. Its mission is to drive academic excellence, provide opportunities for social, emotional, and physical growth and development, and foster civic pride and engagement for students and their families.

“Lynn from The Bristol Borough Community Action Group just sent me a text. We delivered 663.2 lbs of food today. Thank You. Frank Reilly.”

The Souper Bowl of Caring empowers youth and unites communities. “Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food in the weeks leading up to the Big Game. Teaming up with local partners, these groups give 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring.”
This event took place February 5, 2017.

Francis Xavier Reilly is the liaison, the BSA Charter Organization Rep, and he and his wife Deborah Colleen [McCann] Reilly assist the Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops #212. The newly appointed Cub Master is Beth Maugeri.
The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. A sincere thank you is extended to Auto mechanic/ Technician at ARI Fleet Management, Frank and his wife, Deborah who also volunteers as a substitute CCD teacher at St. Mark School, and Cub Master Beth who owns Maugeri Cupcake Company along with her daughter Gina, [their business is soon to be located on Mill Street], for their unselfish dedication to Scouting. 
The Reilly children, Hunter, BCTHS ’19, an aspiring diesel mechanic; Michael, 7th grade student at FDR; and Maggie a St. Mark first grade student in Daisy troop #21347 are all involved in Scouting. Beth Maugeri’s grandson, Gabriel, is a Tiger Scout in the 1st grade.

To all adults who are not currently Scout volunteers, a warm invitation is extended to you to become a volunteer and share in the positive experiences of the Scouting programs.
Whether you wish to volunteer your time with elementary school–age boys or middle and high school–age youth, the Boy Scouts of America has a volunteer opportunity that is right for you.
Become a role model image for youth in the community. Working with youth builds a better future for everyone so come and join the FUN! Volunteer your time and talents.

Carlos “Manny” Oliveras is the Scoutmaster of Troop #212, chartered by the Grundy Foundation in Bristol, PA, that meets at St. James Parish House at 225 Walnut Street on Tuesdays. 
The Cubs meet 6:30-7:30PM in the basement and the Scouts meet 7:00-8:30PM in the parish hall.
St. James’ Parish benevolently offers this “no rent” space for the BSA meetings.

Boy Scouts to the Rescue!
In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it's quite alarming that anyone in America would go hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. Families in need face disproportionate health outcomes due to hunger. 
The Bristol Borough Community Action Group, Inc. at 99 Wood Street provides an easily accessible source of food assistance to low-income families. It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together we can help end hunger, but it is going to require an active partnership. 
The public is always invited to join Bristol’s Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack #212 and the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library for their food drive in support of the Bristol Borough Food Pantry. A food collection box is located inside the Library on the main floor of the building for donations.
Greatly needed are breakfast cereals and foods, and protein-rich foods such as meat ravioli in tomato sauce, canned salmon & tuna, canned beans, dry beans, and soup; however, all non-perishable foods would be gratefully accepted. Young children’s food needs include baby food and baby formula as well. 

Frank Reilly shared, “$1,000.00 was promised from the Grundy Foundation if over 1,000 pounds of food was collected. Almost 2,000 pounds of food was collected from July to August!” 

The Boy Scouts of America believe and, through nearly a century of experience, understand that helping youth puts us on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Scouting has, from its inception, been deeply rooted in the concept of doing for others. 
"Do a Good Turn Daily" is a core Scouting precept.

The First United Methodist Church of Bristol at 201 Mulberry Street in historic Bristol on the Delaware is creatively replenishing its Food Bank. FUMC Food Pantry is a church run and sponsored pantry open to residents of Bristol Borough and the surrounding areas.

Jayne McPherson-Young is hosting a “Chili Cook Off” at her ‘Got Wine?’ located on 483 Pond Street. According to Jayne, amateur chefs “bring the heat and each registered chef will receive a percentage of the entry fee. The “judges’ fee” is all donated to the First United Pantry.”
Gary Raymond Ehrenfried is one of the chefs. His secret recipe? Can you keep a secret? Apparently, so can he… So come out for food, fun and fellowship on February 25th from 3:00-5:00PM.
Support a great cause. Contact or 215.941.0076.

Food banks are almost always in need of nonperishable food items, but most people only turn their attention to feeding hungry people around the holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The call to action has never been greater. People are in need of food all the time, so please help to address the escalating hunger problem. The most needed items currently are pasta, rice, canned tuna and chicken, cereal, oatmeal and canned fruit and vegetables.

“There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed.”
Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi [1869-1948]

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Boy Scouts @ St. James collecting leaves