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'Scouting for Food' project is Saturday

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Scouting for Food" is Scouting's community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in the community in which we live and work.

Scouting for Food is a food collection effort carried out by Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Cub Scouts from various Cherokee County communities. This year's Scouting for Food Drive will take place on Saturday.

Cub Scout Pack 107 and Boy Scout Troop 107 of Cherokee and Aurelia are participating in a joint effort to help fill the food pantry operated by Mid-Sioux Opportunity in Cherokee. As a result, all your donations will help support those in need in our local area.

Also, Pack 113 of Marcus recently put out door tags and will be picking up food from the lawns and porches of Marcus and Cleghorn residents. For more information for the Marcus and Cleghorn area call Judy Heidesch at 376-4335.

Residents of Cherokee and Aurelia are asked to have your donations set out in front of your house either on the steps or porch in plain site for Scouts to collect by 9 a.m. on Saturday. If you do not live within city limits and wish to make a donation please contact Nancy Nelson at 225-2650, or 225-2600. If your donations are not gathered by 2 p.m. on Saturday please call 229-0491 and we will gladly get your donations gathered. Donations can also be made at Nelson Sewing & Crafts.

What items are best to donate?

The best type of container is canned food. Other food such as breads, produce, etc. will go bad before being used. Also, a variety of nutrient foods from all five food groups is an excellent choice. Here are some canned examples: soup, tuna, chicken, or luncheon meat, fruit, 100 percent fruit juice, vegetables, evaporated milk, any other nutrient meal food.

Where does the food go that I donate?

The food is delivered to organizations that help the people who need it the most. It helps fill the empty shelves of people without food. In our area the food goes to the Mid-Sioux Opportunity food pantry.

How can I donate more food?

Ask the scouting unit that is running the food drive and they will help you donate more food. Or you can donate the food directly to a local organization.

What do the Scouts gain from doing this food drive?

The only thing the Scouts gain is pride for helping their community. That is what part of being a Scout is all about!

Where do I place the bag of food for pickup?

Check with the instruction's door hanger. Most of the time it will be placed by your door or in plain site.

Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement. Through initiative and hard work, the Boy Scouts have developed a framework that can help local food pantries feed hundreds of needy local residents with emergency aid. It is up to the people of our communities to make Scouting for Food a success.

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