Scouts Step Up When Need is Greatest
OMAHA, NE., May 8, 2015 – Scouts took action to fill the nearly empty shelves of the Food Bank of the Heartland, Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc., and other local community food banks in the Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America. Scouts collected 208,145 meals for those who need it. Our goal was to collect 161,150 meals. This year we collected 46,955 meals over our goal! These meals are provided by 355,234 food items.
“The timing of the Boy Scouts Scouting for Food drive is ideal,” said Brian Barks, Director of Development and Communications for Food Bank for the Heartland. “From April through September the Food Bank sees donations dwindle but the need for assistance remains high. This drive not only generates much needed food, but increased awareness to the problem of hunger in our communities.”
One out of five kids in Nebraska and western Iowa live in a food insecure home. This means they don’t have consistent access to the food they need to help them grow and thrive. For 21 years, the ConAgra Foods Foundation has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council to create the Scouting for Food drive, aimed at feeding these children and others in our communities who are in need.
“These are wonderful results that provide critical resources to help feed children and others in the area who don’t always know where their next meal may come from,” said Chris Kircher, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and President of the ConAgra Foods Foundation. “ConAgra Foods appreciates and applauds the hard work of the Scouts and the remarkable generosity of the entire community.”
This year was the 5th year Hy-Vee assisted the Scouts with Scouting for Food. Hy-Vee stores served as drop locations for donations from April 11-18. Additionally, stores sold $5 and $10 bags to donate to the drive. Donations from purchased bags totaled $4,165.
Additionally, this year, the Omaha Beef helped grow the campaign by collecting food donations at games in April. DPI Management chose to support Scouting for Food as their service project at their annual corporate conference this year as well.
“We are so proud of our Scouts, leaders, families, and communities. Thank you to everyone who helped those in need of meals and responded to our Scouts’ call to action. Thank you to ConAgra Foods Foundation for sponsoring this effort, year after year, and Hy-Vee for their continued support of our partnership with the Food Bank for the Heartland and Food Bank of Siouxland. Thank you also to the Omaha Beef and DPI Management for supporting Scouting for Food,” said Eric Magendantz, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council. “A Scout is helpful is one of the twelve points of the Scout laws we live by. Community service is one of the promises we make to the parents of our Scouts, our communities, and those who find themselves in a place of need,” he said.
Across the Mid-America Council, 4,197 Scouts and 3,646 adult leaders participated in the 2015 Scouting for Food drive. Scouting for Food occurs simultaneously in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. The food collected in those counties benefits the people who need it locally. Scouting for Food is the largest coordinated community service project the Mid-America Council does every year. Scouting for Food began in the Mid-America Council in 1989.
For more information, visit www.mac-bsa.org/ScoutingForFood.