Sunday, November 2, 2008

Scouting for Food

Today was day one of our annual "Scouting for Food," food drive. Scouting for food is the nation's largest single day food drive. This year is the 20th anniversary of this event.

Every November, thousands of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and adult volunteers spend a few hours of their time, on two separate Saturday mornings, to go out and accomplish this task. On the first Saturday, the Scouts hang specially marked bags on thousands of front doors. On the following Saturday, they return to the same neighborhoods to collect the filled bags. Our Pack hung 1.500 bags today. Throughout Central Florida, the scouts in this area distributed over 700, 000 bags today!

The collected food will be immediately sorted, boxed, and donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year the Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America collected 500,000 pounds of food, in one day!

Why do we do it? In Scouting we teach the boys to do "a good turn daily," "to help other people," and to give back to their community. Scouting for Food is just one example of how our boys accomplish these VERY important scouting principles.

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