St. Louis area Boy Scouts work tirelessly to fill food bank with one million pounds of food

11:01 PM, Nov 20, 2010   |    comments
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(Earth City) KSDK-- Boy scouts collect more than two million cans of food for people in need. All thanks to the Greater St. Louis Area Council. An army of 30,000 Boy Scouts, cub scouts and volunteers worked tirelessly to make it happen.

First, Scouts go door to door picking up food donations.Then, the food gets boxed up in their community. All the food collected in St. Louis City and County made its way to the St. Louis Area Foodbank in Earth City .

Scouts and volunteers move fast, they have to. The trucks keep coming. Donations of food are stacking up.

"I started at 2pm. I started working here at two. I worked at a firehouse from 8:30 until one," said Boy Scout Sam Picus, 15.

Picus expects to put in a 12 hour day. Teams of scouts and volunteers do the same, and they're not slowing down.

"There's a lot of work to get done that needs to be done, and if we work faster, it gets done faster," said Picus.

A lot of manpower, or in this case scout-power to get one million pounds of dry and canned food into the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

"It's the largest like one day food drive in the country. I feel that's something to be proud of," said Boy Scout Sam Kost.

The foodbank says there are more people in need of food now than years past, because of the high unemployment and foreclosure rates.

"Pantries are telling us, no matter what it is that we give them, they're out within five or 10 days, and they're back looking for more," said St. Louis Area Foodbank President & CEO Frank Finnegan.

And now there's more to give, a warehouse full, just from the Scouting for Food Drive. And that gives scouts great satisfaction for their good deed.

"It makes me feel good that I've helped out a lot of people who didn't have food. And now they can be a lot happier," said Picus.

The Boy Scout's Greater St. Louis Area Council has collected more than 43 million cans of food during the 26-year history of the drive.


















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