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Boy Scouts Collect 1.8 Million Cans

Brad Choat
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Scouting For Food event November 19, 2011 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Scouting For Food event November 19, 2011 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - “I thought the best part was the activity of teaching young kids service, but when you see all this food coming in, it’s phenomenal to think of what this will do for people. So, it’s a double-win.”

That’s what Greater St. Louis Area District Scout Executive Ron Green told KMOX News on Saturday, as more than 30,000 youths affiliated with Boy Scout programs collected 1.8 million non-perishable food items to help stock local pantries.

“Scouting For Food” is celebrating its 27th year.

This was the 8th year Jim Williams and his Sunset Transportation trucking crews helped Scouts get their donated goods to the St. Louis Area Food Bank, “We’re all volunteer on this. A lot of the people were involved with Scouting, or their kids were in Scouting, or for some it’s just a good payback for the community.”

Scout Executive Ron Green says some of his volunteers and Scouts gave time and effort on Saturday to help others, when they could’ve actually used some of the donations to feed their own families, “Many of our people are so dedicated to Scouting that no matter how bad they’re hurting, they’ll do whatever they can to participate.”

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