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Scouting for Food 2015 Feeds Area Youth

Boy Scouts worked towards a “Good Turn” to collect 50,000 pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank for those in need

by Angel Martinez for the Alamo Area BSA: March 3, 2015

Boy Scouts delivered thousands of empty paper bags donated by H-E-B throughout their local neighborhoods this past Saturday, February 21st with instructions on them for community supporters to fill with nonperishable items and leave on their doorsteps early Saturday morning, February 28th.  The Scouting youth participated  in Scouting for Food, the largest one-day food drive for the National Boy Scouts of America.  The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA), partnering with the San Antonio Food Bank, helped feed less fortunate youth by collecting filled bags this past Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then bringing the food items to designated drop-off points throughout the region.     

Scouting for Food has been a tradition in the National Boy Scouts of America since 1985.

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“The Alamo Area Council is happy to see our youth do a Good Turn and give back to the community,” says Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council. “Service plays an essential role in the traditions of the Boy Scouts of America.” 

The term “Good Turn” comes from the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America—“Do a Good Turn Daily”---, which means to do a special act of kindness, big or small.  Every year, scouts and volunteers across America collect millions of items to serve youth and their families within the Boy Scouts of America for community partners like the San Antonio Food Bank.  For this Scouting for Food drive, youth are striving to collect 50,000 pounds of non-perishable food items.

“Having the opportunity to engage youth in philanthropy provides a great opportunity to teach children about the importance of selflessness.  What better partnership to accomplish this effort than with the Boy Scouts?  We are happy to work together to fight hunger with these young ambassadors,” says Eric S. Cooper, President & CEO, San Antonio Food Bank.

The San Antonio Food Bank reports 1 in 4 children in Bexar County alone are food insecure, with nearly 40% of the Food Bank’s emergency food recipients being children.  Scouts hope to have an impact on these startling numbers by contributing to Scouting for Food.  For event details, visit http://www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/ScoutingforFood or http://www.safoodbank.org/scouting-for-food-2.

To learn more about hunger in our area and how you can make a difference, visit the San Antonio Food Bank’s website, http://www.safoodbank.org.

About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to over 28,500 youth and 7,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  The Boy Scouts of America continue to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  For more information on the Alamo Area BSA, visit http://www.AlamoAreaBSA.org.

About the San Antonio Food Bank

The San Antonio Food Bank is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing millions of pounds of food to over 500 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, the San Antonio Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but also help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information about the San Antonio Food Bank, visit our website at www.safoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/safoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/safoodbank.

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