Utah youth go ‘Scouting For Food’ in effort to feed the hungry

Posted at 5:01 PM, Mar 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-21 19:01:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Residents of Utah were likely to have a run-in with Boy Scouts Saturday, as the youth were out across the state for an annual food drive.

The Boy Scouts of America and the Utah Food Bank partnered with more than 130 food pantries and other agencies for the 29th annual Scouting For Food drive. Last year, the event netted 1.3 million meals from across the state, and event organizers hoped to raise even more than that this year.

Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank, said they are grateful for the example scouts set.

“The great thing about the scouts is they understand community service,” she said. “They understand giving back. This is a great lesson, regardless of the age of the scout, the scout leader or the member of the community. Helping those in need is so important, and these guys set a great example.”

Thousands of scouts and volunteers helped with the project. For more information about how you can help the hungry in Utah, visit the Utah Food Bank’s website.