"Scouting for Food" Yields 68,000 Lbs. Food for Area Pantries

UPDATE: 5/10 at 12:48 p.m.

Adam Freund, Field Director with the Samoset Council, Boy Scouts of America says the annual "Scouting for Food" donation drive raised approximately 68,000 lbs. of food for area food banks.

Freund says the amount is up from last year's totals.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4/20 at 6:25 p.m.

The shelves at local food pantries are looking a little less bare thanks to area Boy Scouts. The Scouts delivered tens of thousands of pounds of food to pantries on Saturday as part of their "Scouting for Food" donation drive.

Cub Scout Pack 436 out of Weston was eager to make a difference in the place they call home. A place where hunger continues to be a growing problem.

"We keep looking for the need to kind of plateau, level out. But really what we've seen every year is a growth in the need," The Neighbor's Place Executive Director Tom Rau explained.

The kids of Pack 436 have noticed.

"If people go broke and they just have enough money to like pay for rent and stuff then they might not have enough money left over for food," Pack member Jack Davisson said.

Davisson and 10 other members of Pack 436 collected more than 100 food items on Saturday.

Pack mom, Shelly Cline, described the community response saying, "It's pretty overwhelming."

"It says something about our community being a great place to live here in Central Wisconsin," State Senator and 2013 Honorary "Scouting for Food" Chairman, Jerry Petrowski told NewsChannel 7.

The food collected during Saturday's drive is expected to last the pantries into mid-July. But the lessons the kids learned will last them a lifetime.

"It's good to donate," Pack member Mason Bielen said.

Friend, Ben Vansetters added, "It's better to give than to get."

But Cline says the biggest takeaway is that one person can make a difference.

Locally The Neighbor's Place and the Salvation Army both benefited from Saturday's food drive. More than 50 local food pantries throughout Central Wisconsin will be aided with your donations.

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