Boy Scout food drive set for Feb. 8

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Three Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America is teaming up with the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

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The annual Scouting for Food Drive for the benefit of the Southeast Texas Food Bank is about to begin, led by the Three Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America.

Scouts from the Three Rivers Council will be hanging bags on residents’ doors in Southeast Texas Saturday, Feb. 8. They will return to pick them up on Saturday, Feb. 15. 

Scouting for Food is an annual food collection drive held all over the nation by the Boy Scouts of America. Locally, it is a joint effort, with donated food accepted by and distributed through the Southeast Texas Food Bank once it has been collected by Scouts. 

The drive is another reminder to our local communities that Scouts are present in Southeast Texas, doing important community service activities. Last year, Three Rivers Council collected more than 5,000 pounds of food for the hungry, according to Dan Maher, President/CEO of the Southeast Texas Food Bank. 

“To receive this support for our services through the Scouting community is another affirmation that the issue of hunger resonates with Southeast Texans,” said Maher. “It takes widespread community engagement to tackle an issue that affects more than 20 percent of our community, so we are grateful for the Scouts’ annual engagement with hunger relief through this drive.” 

If residents would like to participate, they can fill the bags left at their homes with store-bought, non-perishable items, including canned or boxed goods, and place them on their door step for pickup Saturday morning, Feb. 15.

“The Southeast Texas Food Bank’s mission of helping the underserved aligns with Scout Law,” said Kevin King, Three Rivers Council district executive. “Particularly, that a Scout is to be helpful. A Scout cares about other people and willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward in return.”