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Scouts Will Scout for Donated Foods Saturday

Reminder: This Saturday, area scouts will make their ways back through subdivisions and places to which they dropped off "Scouting For Food" bags this weekend. Donations should be canned, boxed or in plastic containers.

Saturday is a chance to give back to the community on the eve of the Thanksgiving season by donating food items to the Scouting For Food program, which is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America.

Ron James, a Boy Scout leader for several decades and Wildwood resident, said this food donation initiative actually started in St. Louis and then spread to other Scouting councils throughout the United States.

Since Scouting For Food's launch in 1985 in the St. Louis area, more than 43 million pounds of items have been collected.

"I always remind my Scouts that when they sit down to a great Thanksgiving meal to remember that they helped someone else to have a good meal as well," said James.

All the food picked up in and goes to the , which is located at the lower level of the . Pantry volunteers each year indicate the contributions come at a critical time to help them make it through the winter in supplying food to people in need.

Eureka Scout volunteer Shay Hawkins for local points out this food drive also involves Cub Scout Packs. "Which means that many of the older boys have been participating in Scouting For Food for many years," she said.

Hawkins said the highlight for Scouts usually is unloading all the food at the pantry and visibly seeing the amount that is collected. "It is a great lesson to show the boys the importance of working together and putting into action the Scout slogan of 'Do a good turn daily.'"   

"Something that I have seen in the years that my son has gotten to participate in this event is those that have the least, tend to give the most," said Hawkins. "That is why I think it is so important for our community to know how much of an impact they can make just by donating a little."

Another Eureka Scout volunteer, Michelle Detering for , said 24 Scouts and 12 parents covered the 8 square miles of Wildwood, stretching from the southern side of north to Babler Park Drive. The beautiful weather Saturday allowed the Scouts to distribute more than 700 bags to homes throughout the area, she said.

Scouts from Troop 456 who participated Saturday include Daniel Underwood, Jerome Bredahl, Jared Lovemark, Andrew Mallon, Drew Stockell, Payton Ables, Jasper Ables, Jordan Shirley, Christian Mannecke, Kyle Shirley, Forest Downer, Jacob Detering, Luke Detering, Clayton Moll, Ashwin Garlapaty, Chris Palmer, Tucker Jordan, Peyton Stephens, Cade Stephens, Austin Blaylock, Hunter Smith, Jacob Dahm, Wil Brown and Brian Bredahl.

Detering indicated the Boy Scouts of America describes the perfect donation bag for this program contains:

  • two cans of hearty soup, stew or chili:  Supplies many nutrients.
  • two cans of tuna, chicken, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam): Contains protein and iron. Canned salmon is a source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • one can of fruit: Supplies vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber and other healthy substances.
  • one can of 100 percent pure fruit juice: Contains vitamin C and often beta carotene.
  • one can of vegetables: Supplies beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, complex carbohydrates, fiber and potassium.
  • one can of tomato or pasta sauce: Contains lycopene, a healthy substance that is more available to your body in canned and cooked tomatoes than in fresh.
  • one canned meal: Offers a variety of ingredients and nutrients.
  • one can of beans:  Contains plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.
  • one can of evaporated milk: Makes an excellent source of calcium and protein.

Scouting for Food requires the following area resources, according to staffers of the Greater St. Louis Area Council:

  1. 30,000 Scouts (1,000 Scout units)
  2. 10,000 Volunteers (Scout leaders and families)
  3. 1.4 million bags
  4. 43,000 boxes
  5. 37 counties
  6. 46 fire stations
Denise Bertacchi November 17, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Here's another reminder--you don't have to use the bag the scouts dropped off, any pile of food--in a box or grocery bag--left where the kids can see it will be picked up Saturday morning. Some packs & troops head out around 9:30 or 10am, so get them out early.
Julie Brown Patton November 17, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Good to know, Denise; thanks.
Shay Hawkins November 17, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Also, if you forget to leave out your bag you can bring it to the food pantry which is located on the lower level of Eureka United Methodist Church. They are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m or contact the church at 636-938-6377 to make other arrangements.
Julie Brown Patton November 17, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Thanks, Shay, for providing the days and times of the pantry; that helps.
Ron Colletti November 18, 2011 at 04:55 PM
And if the scouts miss your house you can bring your cans directly to the fire stations. Metro West on 109 and Manchester is one drop off point. Scouts are usually there packing till at least 1:30p.

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