– Boy Scout Tackles Local Hunger in Eagle Scout Effort

With only 4% of Boy Scouts achieving rank of Eagle Scout, Munford High School Freshman Jakob Wignes is planning to be the next member of this elite group by organizing a food drive to benefit Junior Auxiliary’s Snack Pack Program.

One of the major parts of earning Eagle Scout is leading a service project which the Boy Scout must plan, organize, lead, and manage. With the help from fellow Troop 66 scouts, Wignes hosted a week-long food drive in April  and asked Tipton County residents to donate items or money to purchase items for the Snack Pack Program. 

“Despite the need people are not donating, and some might not even realize that the need is here”, said Wignes. “People think of third-world countries when they think of hunger and we have it right here in our community.”

Wignes’ goal was to collect 3,000 items which would help the Junior Auxiliary to complete this school year’s Snack Pack Program. He surpassed his goal collecting 3,040 items and $475 in cash donations to purchase additional food. The Snack Pack Program serves 110 students in Atoka Elementary, Brighton Elementary, and Munford Elementary, and provides students who are in need with food outside of the school week.

The food drive asked for specific items for the Snack Packs. These items included: juice boxes/ pouches, bottled water, granola bars, breakfast bars, apple sauce, fruit cups, fruit snack cups, raisins, easy single-serve meals such as macaroni and cheese, ravioli ,and soups. People are encouraged to purchase snacks with expiration dates from 2018-2020.

“The further the expiration date, the longer JA can serve children with this program”, said Maureen Wignes, Jakob’s mom and 3rd year Junior Auxiliary member. “This time of the year is hard, along with August when the kids are heading back to school. Donations are typically down and it is hard to deliver Snack Packs.” Prior to the Snack Pack drive, the Snack Pack Program was not able to fully pack for one of the schools, and is hoped to receive donations to complete those packs for the remaining school year.

Wignes partnered with several locations as donation points. Thank you to the following businesses for participating:

  • Naifeh’s Food Market, 27 Crigger St., Munford, TN 38058
  • Munford High School (student donations only)
  • Munford First United Methodist Church, 57 S. Tipton St., Munford, TN 38058
  • Just-N-Case Security, 201 Commercial Drive, Suite A, Atoka, TN 38004
  • CrossKick Kickboxing & Cross Training, 10992 Highway 51, Suite 107, Atoka, TN 38004
  • Galleria Furniture and Interiors, 139 Wesley-Reed Dr., Suite A, Atoka, TN 38004
  • Atoka Fitness, 101 Wesley-Reed, Atoka, TN 38004
  • Long Road Cider, 9053 Barret Rd, Millington, TN 38053

In addition to the food drive community service project, Wignes must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, demonstrate the Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based on the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. He hopes to be awarded the Eagle Scout Award by June 2017.

The Junior Auxiliary of Tipton County collects food items year round. If you are interested in donating please email us and we can arrange a pick-up.

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