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Boys Scouts gather food to feed the hungry
Published on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 (11:32 a.m.)Scouts plan to collect 200 tons of food during the 25th Annual Scouting for Food drive.
LAS VEGAS – November 16, 2013 – Members of Las Vegas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America will participate in the largest single-day food drive in Nevada, marking a quarter-century of service to the community’s local food banks.
“Our goal is to collect more than 200 tons of food in the greater Las Vegas region and the outlying communities of Logandale, Overton, and Mesquite,” said Jim Ness, the chairman of the food drive.
Scouting for Food collects enough canned food and other dry goods to feed 55,000 people for three months, giving hope to needy families throughout our community and filling food banks in time for Thanksgiving and the winter months.
“Scouting for Food has served our community for the past 25 years. We are grateful to the generous contributions of our neighbors and our scouts in helping to feed the hungry throughout the valley,” said Las Vegas Area Council Scout Executive Shane Calendine.
Scouts will distribute more than 425,000 unfilled bags and 8,000 door hangers throughout the community during the week leading up to the Saturday food drive. They then will walk through neighborhoods on November 16, collecting filled bags of food, which are taken to 34 collection sites throughout the valley. Anderson Dairy and FedEx will deliver the packaged food to Three Square Food Bank for sorting and distribution to The Salvation Army’s Las Vegas and Henderson food pantries and smaller food pantries in the outlying communities.
"We at The Salvation Army are so gratified by this partnership with Boy Scouts of America, particularly here in Southern Nevada," said Major Robert Lloyd, Clark County Coordinator for the organization. "Their efforts on our behalf help us to keep our pantry shelves full, feeding our neighbors in need for months."