Boy Scouts Help Local Food BanksPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, WA — Hunger is not just a thing that occurs around the holidays. It is a year around challenge faced by too many in our communities. And despite a local economy that is stronger than many in our nation, more and more families are still unable to find adequate jobs and need the services of local food banks. In an effort to replenish community food banks, the Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts America is conducting a "Good Turn" called Scouting for Food during the week of February 7-13, 2010. That week Scouts are also celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and adult volunteers will be asking for donations of non-perishable food items either by going door to door or by placing door-hangers on doors throughout the community. Food will be collected and turned over to local food banks, including the Tri-Cities Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul. Those who are not contacted by a Scout, but wish to help, can drop off donations at the collection event in the Columbia Center Mall parking lot on Saturday, February 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Door hangers and flyers for Scouting for Food in the Tri-Cities were made possible by a grant from AgriNorthwest. Each year Blue Mountain Council Scouts contribute over 30,000 hours through community service projects. More information about Scouting for Food, the Blue Mountain Council, or the Boy Scouts of America can be found at www.bmcbsa.org.