Scouts looking for food

By Tanya Cornwell

The Boy Scouts of America this November will conduct their second annual Scouting for Food Good Turn.

Boy Scouts across the nation will drop off grocery bags to people in their communities on Nov. 9, 10 and 11 and return for donations on Nov. 18. The DeKalb Association of Life Underwriters are assisting in delivery and pick up of donations. These donations will be distributed through local food pantries and the Salvation Army.

“If anyone on campus would like to donate, they can bring food to Welch Industry, 124 North Second St. and ask for me, ” said Betty Koehling, who is in charge of the project.

The Scouting for Food emphasized nonperishable foods needed for nutrition. Among these are peanut butter, baby formula, complete packaged meals and canned goods such as tuna, chunky soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.

In November, 1988, the scouts nationally collected more than 60 million items of food. In DeKalb County alone, nearly 1,200 youths joined in distributing and collecting over 10,000 cans of food.

“I think the kids are exposed to the fact that there are more hungry people in our country now than at any time in the last 25 years, and they want to help stop this growing problem in America,” said Koehling.