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‘Scouting for Food’ drive to benefit FeedMore

An estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts recently traveled through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door-to-door, the first stage of the annual “Scouting for Food” effort, now in its 25th year. The public is asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them in front of their houses on Saturday, Nov. 3 when Scouts will again canvass neighborhoods to gather the food donations.

Those participating should place their filled bags outside their front doors by 9:30 a.m. Residents who didn’t receive a Scouting for Food bag may make a food donation at any Martin’s location.

“Scouting for Food is FeedMore’s largest community food drive, accounting for 25 percent of the total food received all year from food drives,” said Jeff Baldwin, media and community relations manager for FeedMore.

Scouting for Food is a community service project conducted by the Heart Of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America to benefit FeedMore and the Scouts anticipate collecting over 300,000 pounds of food for those in need throughout Central Virginia. In addition to the thousands of individual contributions, Martin’s and Capital One are supporting Scouting for Food with the cost of the bags; approximately 325,000 are delivered by Scouts each year.

Financial contributions can also be made by visiting http://www.feedmore.org
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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