The Quapaw Area Council, in cooperation with the Arkansas Food Bank and the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, held their first annual Scouting For Food campaign earlier this month. Scout Executive/CEO Marcal Young reported that over 400 Scouts and Scouters collected over 13,000 pounds of food across 39 counties of Arkansas, contributing over 2000 service hours to their communities. All food that was collected was delivered to food pantries in the communities where it was donated.
Marcal Young said, “For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been investing in tomorrow’s leaders. But the sad fact is that too many of those young people today aren’t thinking about much more than whether there will be enough food to eat tonight. We believe that is unacceptable and want to be a part of helping change that.”
Scouting For Food is a council-wide service project. It exemplifies the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful while raising awareness to the problem of food security among so many in our state.
On Saturday November 2, hundreds of Scouts distributed bags in surrounding neighborhoods to invite people to contribute to the Scouting for Food drive. The Scouts then returned the following Saturday, November 9, to pick up the bags and deliver food donations to their local food banks and pantries.
Young added that this year’s drive was the first in several years by this Boy Scouts of America council but that it will be an integral part of the BSA program in Arkansas moving forward. He said that as excited as he was about this year’s results, he expects it to become significantly larger over the next few years.