Why local Boy Scouts set goal seeking 101,000 pounds of food

The Miami Valley Boy Scouts of America set a goal to collect 101,000 pounds of food.

March is the Scouting for Food month for the Miami Valley Council of the Boy Scouts. The goal of 101,000 pounds was set to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Miami Valley Council.

“Helping others with a major ‘good turn’ like Scouting for Food helps us to prepare the young people of the Miami Valley for their lives of leadership, character, and service,” said Jeffrey R. Schiavone, scout executive of the Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“As we celebrate the beginning of our second century, we are thankful for the partnership of The Foodbank.”

The Boy Scouts are asking the community’s help to collect and donate canned foods to combat hunger, according to a press release. Collections are being made from March 9 through March 16.

On Saturday, many scouts canvased neighborhoods to place door hangers about the details of the food drive. They will come back this Saturday to collect donated items placed on doorsteps.

All the donated food will then be sent to The Foodbank and local food pantries.

“Partnerships like this will allow scouting to continue to provide life changing experiences that impact local communities for a second century,” Schiavone said.

“The Foodbank believes no one should go hungry,” said CEO of The Foodbank Michelle L. Riley. “We can only see this vision come to life with the support of our community, starting with our youth.”

The Foodbank helps relieve hunger in the community through a network of partner agencies by acquiring and distributing food. The Foodbank distributes all donated food to food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and other charitable organizations.

“Boy Scouts of America Miami Valley Council is making an impact and putting words into action,” Riley said. “We are thankful for their support and the help of our community as they donate much needed food for the 120,040 people struggling with hunger in the Miami Valley.”

The Mission of The Miami Valley Council is to prepare young people to make moral and ethical choices throughout their lifetime by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, according to their release.

Visit the scouts’ website for more information on how to donate, or contact Schiavone at 937-478-8859 or Lora Davenport of The Foodbank at 937-461-0265.

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