Boy Scouts collecting food donations

Feb 6, 2012 By Joshua Scheer Staff Writer

The Boy Scouts of America Wind River District is conducting its annual Scouting for Food Drive on Saturday, Feb 11, in Lander and Riverton.

"Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are going to be going door-to-door" to collect non-perishable food items, said district executive Mike Lewis.

The drive happens between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Lewis said between 200 and 250 scouts will be traversing residential neighborhoods that morning to look for food to donate to both towns' food banks.

The Lander Care & Share Food Bank, Christian Food Storehouse and Fremont County Good Samaritan Center will be the recipients of the food collected.

Lander Troop 83 and Packs 17 and 83 are participating. Riverton Troops and Packs 44 and 76, and area Troops 4176, 4276 and 4376 will also be involved.

Over the years, local scouts have held the drive at different times of the year, most recently in the early fall.

Lewis said the decision was made this year to hold it after the holidays and before the U.S. Postal Service's food drive to help fill a gap where food bank donations tend to drop. As far as he knows, this is the first time local troops and packs have held the drive this time of year.

In addition to the door-to-door efforts there will be two drop-off locations during the same hours where food donations will be accepted.

In Lander, scouts will be in Mr. D's parking lot, and in Riverton, donations can be dropped off in Wal-Mart's parking lot near the central entrance.

Lewis said not only is the food drive good for the food banks, but it is also beneficial for the scouts.

"They really loved it," he said of last year's drive. "They felt they were really doing something for the community."

Lewis preemptively thanked the communities for allowing the scouts to be out and holding the drive.

"We're just glad to be able to do our bit to help the community out," he said.

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