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Scouting for Food 2018 Success

by Adrian Nandin for the Alamo Area BSA: May 3, 2018

The Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council does numerous projects to give back to the San Antonio community, one being “Scouting for Food”. Scouting for food is a collaboration between the Alamo Area Boy Scouts and the San Antonio food bank in which they strive to collect 25,000 pounds of food to give back to the community. According to the San Antonio food Bank 1 in 4 children in Bexar County alone are food insecure, with nearly 40% of the Food Bank’s emergency food recipients being children. 

The Boy Scouts slogan is “Do a good turn daily” and what better way to do a good turn than to feed hungry children that are their same age.

As the San Antonio Food Bank truck rolled in, multiple empty red bins were unloaded into the Alamo council parking lot on a rainy Saturday morning. This did not discourage the scouts nor the parent volunteers. At 9 am we had the first drop off of food. The first truck arrived with two scouts who were unloading multiple brow bags provided by HEB that were filled with canned foods and other non-perishable foods. After scouts dropped off their bags filled with food they collected their “Scouting for food” badges and were invited to stay and socialize with other scouts.

As Kielbasa sausage was cooking on the grill scouts were socializing and helping unload many more truckloads of foods.  One by one cars, trucks, and even a trailer filled with food came to fill the big red bins for the San Antonio food bank.

The CEO of the San Antonio Food, Eric Cooper, who is also an Eagle Scout, said “The tradition of scouting is service, and when you see kids helping kids it is special”. Cooper speaking to parents said “As the CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank I got my start of service through the scouts”. “Starting as a cub and then the boy scout program, it was doing service projects and being out in the community serving that really gave me a love for serving”. “I am so grateful to the scouting program as an organization that really gives experience. So many things I have done in my life from; repelling to backpacking to outdoor recreation, that I would never would have experienced without the Boy Scouts”. 

As the morning went on more and more scouts brought food and more bins were filled. At noon the SA Food Bank truck left with thousands of pounds of food to give to those in hunger in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. At the end of the day there was nothing but smiles from scouts, parents, and volunteers knowing that they did a “Good deed” to make sure no one goes to bed hungry. 


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