Eagle Scout candidate Chase Elliott is hosting a food drive Saturday

Eagle Scout candidate Chase Elliott knows food pantry shelves get woefully empty after Christmas. That’s why the Lake Highlands High School senior is collecting nonperishable food items Saturday for the children and families served by Healing Hands Ministries.

“COVID is impacting a lot of families and making it hard for some of them to get the funds to put a consistent meal on the table,” says Elliott. “This project could make a major impact in the community.”

To prove himself worthy of the high honor of Eagle, Elliott must demonstrate leadership skills in addition to service. He’ll organize fellow scouts in Troop 890 to help collect the food items, which will be distributed to uninsured and underinsured folks at Healing Hands clinics in Vickery Meadow and Lake Highlands.

“Services like health care and food assistance are particularly important right now, as so many are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic,” says Adam Chabira, chairman of Healing Hands’ board of directors. “We are honored to partner with Chase on his food drive project and are incredibly proud of his efforts to help his neighbors in need at such a challenging time.”

Elliott is requesting dry beans, pasta, rice, tortillas, canned goods, peanut butter and pancake and muffin mixes which may be prepared with water. He’ll collect the items Jan. 16 from noon to 3 in the front circular drive of LHHS.