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NEWS RELEASE- Scouting for Food 2016 Feeds Area Youth


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Angel Martinez, BSA PR Director
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Dawn A. Thurmond, SA Food Bank, Communications Manager
(210) 740-8202 cell


Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts work towards a “Good Turn” to collect 25,000 pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 9, 2016) – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will deliver thousands of empty paper bags donated by H-E-B and sponsored by USAA throughout their local neighborhoods on Saturday, April 9th with instructions on them for community supporters to fill with nonperishable items and leave on their doorsteps early Saturday morning, April 16th.  The Scouting youth are participating 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 Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and the San Antonio Food Bank, will feed less fortunate youth by collecting filled bags on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then bringing the food items to designated drop-off points throughout the region.   

Media is invited to see the Scouts in action at two of the drop-off locations on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm at either the BSA’s Main Service Center located at 2226 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213 

Or, the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center located at 811 N Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216.

Scouting for Food has been a tradition in the National Boy Scouts of America since 1985. “The Alamo Area Council is happy to partner with the Girl Scouts 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 and the Scouting movement.” 

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 25,000 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 and Girl 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 or Link.

Drop Off Locations

Should you not receive a bag in your neighborhood but still wish to participate, please bring nonperishable food items to any of the following drop locations on Saturday, April 16, 2015 from 10:00 AM – Noon.

  • H-E-B Store 23 – 5910 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX 78240
  • Boy Scouts of America Alamo Area Council Offices
    • 2226 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213
    • 8503 S. Zarzamora St., San Antonio, TX 78224
  • Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
    • Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, 811 N Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216
  • San Antonio Food Bank – 5200 W Old US Highway 90, San Antonio, TX 78227
  • Kitchen Table – 651 N Business 35 Suite 340, New Braunfels, TX 78130
  • St. Vincent de Paul – 1145 Broadway, Kerrville, TX 78028
  • Hill Country Family SVCS – 118 W Advogt, Boerne, TX 78006
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – 170 Hackberry St, Leming, TX 78050

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

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 18,000 youth and 6,500 volunteer adults in South Texas.  With Learning for Life, an in-school character education BSA subsidiary, the Council serves over 25,876 youth.  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.  Learn more at

About the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, GSSWT serves over 23,500 Girl Scouts across 21 counties.  We believe it's our responsibility to arm today's Girl Scouts with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead.  That's why GSSWT offers activities in a variety of fields and seeks out unique opportunities for girls.  Girl Scouts is the experts on girls and leadership.  We value diversity and teach girls to lead healthy lifestyles, care for the environment, study new technologies and have pride in their country.  Learn more at http://www.girlscouts-swtx.orgExternal Link.

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.orgExternal Link. Find us on Facebook at Link or follow us on Twitter at Link.


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