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Scouting For Food Benefits Local Food Bank
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Scouting for food began in 1985 but the event's theme has never changed. Collecting food for those less fortunate and teaching scouts how to be good citizens in their community.
"We're emptying out the bags that the other scouts bring here and then we give it to the Salvation Army where they put it in their pantry so we can feed the homeless people,” said Boy Scout Mike Carverry.
The scouts left bags on doors all across southern Idaho to be filled with can goods and foods. And a week later the scouts went back to collect all of the foods and take it to the Salvation Army.
"This is probably the single largest food collection that the Salvation Army has," said Bret Belnap, the local Boy Scout District Commander.
The winter and holiday seasons are often one of the busiest times of the year for food banks. And the food drive couldn't have come at a better time.
"3 weeks ago the Salvation Army ran out of food so this is replenishing them for next year," said Bret Belnap,
Last year the scouts gathered 76,000 cans of food but this year they are hoping for 100,000.