Scouts of Montgomery County gathered food donations from their families, friends and neighbors in the annual Scouting for Food program Nov. 9.
Hundreds of Scouts as well as their parents and Scout leaders met at the collection point at the Bolger Training Center in Potomac, where they loaded more than 12 tons of food items for delivery to Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg.
Scouts — including the coed Venturing Crews, Boy Scouts from 11 to 18 years old and Cub Scouts 5 to 10 years old — took their donations to 10 collection centers around the county, delivering a total of 74,564 pounds of food according to Mark Foraker, director of development at Manna Food Center.
“Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food collection event for Manna Food Center,” Foraker wrote in an email to The Gazette.“On average, this event counts for roughly 18 percent of our food drive total for the year.”
Scouting leaders present Nov. 9 noted that the “champions” among the youth this year were Kyra Green and her Venturing Crew, which is part of Troop 52, based at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase. Kyra said her goal for the campaign was to exceed the record-breaking totals put up by her brother Wills Green during Scouting for Food last year.
She met that target when her group gathered more than 2,040 pounds of food donations. Pete Minderman, chairman of the Boy Scouts Potomac District, said most of the nearly 100 units in the area participated in the campaign this year.