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Scouting for Food 2014 is Making an Impact!

April 14, 2014

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Omaha Mayor Stothert, ConAgra Foods, Inc. Foundation, the Omaha Food Bank, Hy-Vee Chef Ochoa, Mid-America Council, Chief Scout Executive/CEO Eric Magendantz, and Boy Scouts from Troop 319 gathered in the Hy-Vee at 50th & Center Streets to kick-off the Scouting For Food Drive, Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. for the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The need for food is critical. Food pantry shelves that were full during the holidays are empty now. Yet, the need to feed hungry children and families has increased.

“Hunger is real for many families in our city. Statistics from the Food Bank for the Heartland tell us that more than 30,000 children in Douglas and Sarpy counties are at-risk for hunger,” stated Omaha Mayor Stothert. “One in five children live in a food insecure home, and many people in our own community report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, according to a Hunger in America study. Food from this drive directly benefits those who need it most in our communities.”

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Saturday, April 5, Scouts across the Mid-America Council placed door hangers on doors in their neighborhoods to remind residents to leave non-perishable food donations in bags on their doorsteps tomorrow.

Saturday, April 12, starting at 8 a.m., Scouts will collect the bags of food donations from their neighborhoods, and deliver it to drop-off sites at local Hy-Vee stores for the food bank. Scouts in the metro area will load all donations from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. into Werner Enterprise trucks at 144th and Stoneybrook, 156th and Maple, 180th and Pacific Street, and 50th and Center and for transportation to the Food Bank for the Heartland. Scouts will also load a Food Bank van at 90th and Center Street.

You can help! You may drop food off all day at area Hy-Vee locations. Plus, Hy-Vee will be selling $5 and $10 Scouting for Food bags to help provide more food for those in need.

Scouts participate in Scouting for Food to fulfill their oath to “help other people at all times.” Scouting promotes community involvement and emphasizes youth helping other youth.

Untitled-3Eagle Scout John Paul Terneus mentioned that he and his brother, and many other Scouts, will be out in the neighborhoods collecting food donations tomorrow.

“It’s exciting to help fill up the food pantries tomorrow. Scouting for Food is a great opportunity for everyone,” stated John Paul. “Everyone should put their bags of food out by 8:00 a.m., so no one gets missed.”

During the Scouting for Food kick-off last Friday, Hy-Vee Chef Ochoa shared his quesadilla recipe with the Scouts. Star Scout Ambrose Terneus, and 2nd Class Scout Johnny Hula helped make and share the healthy snack with everyone! This year marks the fifth year that Hy-Vee has partnered with the Scouts for this food drive. Hy-Vee is dedicated to doing good deeds in our community.

Life Scout Sam Mellender shared, “Hy-Vee is offering Cooking merit badge classes on Sunday, April 13, at noon at four different locations.” If you would like to participate in one of the Cooking merit badge classes, contact the Mid-America Council at 402-431-9272.

ConAgra Foods Foundation is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council for the 20th year in a row to lead the way in doing service for the community and help end hunger. The food and cash donations are directed to Food Bank for the Heartland, the Food Bank of Siouxland, and other local food pantries.

Thank you to ConAgra Foods, Inc. Foundation, Hy-Vee, Food Bank for the Heartland, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, 1110 KFAB OMAHA’S NEWS SOURCE, WOWT-TV, KETV NewsWatch 7, FOX 42 News (KPTM), and Action 3 News and, Troop 319 for helping us kick-off and carry out Scouting For Food 2014. For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood.

Author – Dixie Wagner, Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America

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