Each year, Boy Scouts of America around the United States participate in collecting non-perishable food items to help their local food banks and pantries. Studies indicate that more than 50.2 million Americans, including 17.2 million children, go hungry at some time every month; these studies also reveal that there are more hungry people in American now than at any time in the last twenty-five years.
Scouting for Food is an example of BSA’s long-standing commitment to community service by meeting the needs of the hungry, while exposing its members, particularly youth, to the highest ideals of the Scouting movement through a practical and dramatic experience in the principle of the Good Turn.
Cub Scouts (1st through 5th grade) participate in the food drive by distributing flyers and picking up donated items on two weekends in the month of March. Scouts in Redmond and Kirkland supported local Hopelink locations http://www.hope-link.org/; by collecting and delivering approximately 13,000 pounds (6.5 tons) of food to these locations along with $525 in cash donations.
On Saturday, March 30th Boy Scouts (ages 11 through 18 years) sorted Scouting for Food donations received at both the Kirkland and Redmond locations. This is a 5% increase in donated food items and 145% increase in cash donations from 2012.
This year scouts also collected and delivered an additional 715 pounds of food at Woodinville Storehouse http://www.woodinvillestorehouse.org/ which serves residents of Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell and Woodinville.
For more information about Scouting, please see the Chief Seattle Council website at www.seattlebsa.org.