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Food Drive

Local Scouts to Launch Food Drive 

“Scouting for Food” Effort Feeds Growing Number of Food Insecure Iowans 

(MONONA, IA) – In the spirit of the Scout promise to do a good turn daily and “to help other people at  all times,” Waukon Pack 38, Troop 38 and Troop 138 of the Northeast Iowa Council of the BSA will be  holding their collection of donations for the annual “Scouting for Food” donation drive on Saturday,  April 13, 2024. 

Scouting for Food is the BSA’s nationwide service project to help stop hunger. It began as one Scout’s  service project in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985, and was adopted by the Boy Scout National Organization  in 1988. 

“There is no better way to show our Scout spirit than by participating in the Scouting for Food drive. It is  a great way to provide cheerful service to our community through the Scouting values of kindness and  helping other people at all times,” says Carl Bobis, Northeast Iowa Council Scout Executive/ CEO. 

In Monona, local Scouts will be delivering brown grocery bags to residential doors on Saturday,  April 6, 2024. On Saturday, April 13, 2024, local Scouts will go door-to-door collecting those bags  filled with donations and taking drop offs at the Scout House (400 W. Iowa Street, Monona). Local  Food Distributors are requesting hygiene products and non-expired food donations including:  canned fruit, canned soup, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, Hamburger Helper, and Spam. 

Recent grocery store food costs, even for the cost of a dozen eggs, has made national news and memes.  This impacts our hungry neighbors living on fixed incomes watching all their expenses rise around them  (i.e. gas, electricity, transportation, after school daycare). 

The BSA has 248 Councils nationwide. The Northeast Iowa Council serves 1,270 youth in six counties in  Iowa and Illinois. The youth participate in Cub Scouts (ages 5-10), Scouts BSA (ages 11-17), Venturing  (14-21) and Exploring (ages 14-20). The Council, supported by over seven hundred volunteers, is  headquartered in Dubuque, IA. Those interested in joining should visit beascout.org for more  information. 

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