Local Boy Scouts are carrying on the tradition that started 25 years ago as a Scout service project. Scouting for Food is considered America ’s largest One-Day Food Drive. In the United States, an estimated 13 million people go to bed hungry each night. With the current state unemployment rates reaching over 10 percent, the local community needs help this year more than ever to meet basic needs.
While celebrating its 100-year anniversary, Scouting continues its legacy of combating poverty and other social issues. The organization strives to create leaders of tomorrow through its Good Turn for America initiative. By collaborating with other local organizations, the Scouts tackle important community needs such as hunger, shelter, and health.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, this year’s Scouting for Food officially kicks off. Flint River Council Boy Scouts plan to hang more than 75,000 collection bags on doorknobs throughout eight Georgia counties. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the boys retrieve the plastic bags in hopes that they are well-filled with donated canned goods. In both 2008 and 2009, the Scouts from the Fayette District received over 14,000 items for local food banks. Almost 600 boys participated both years.
Donations will be taken by the boys to the Fayette Samaritans and to the Real Life Center . For those in the community who miss the pick-up date, items can be taken directly to the local food bank. Every gift is important since only about 10 percent of the bags distributed by the Scouts are typically filled and left out for pick-up.
Non-perishable food items including canned meats like tuna, chicken and salmon are suggested. Other good choices are canned items including vegetables, fruit, pasta, juice, stew and soup. Staple goods such as peanut butter, jelly, dried pasta and powdered drink mixes are also appreciated.
Numerous Scouts from Fayette County will be participating in Scouting for Food.