Boy Scouts to begin food drive

NORCROSS - Local Boy Scouts will be hiking on Saturday, but it won't be on any mountain trails. They'll be looking for donations.

Scouts in the Button Gwinnett District, part of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, will begin a week-long drive to collect food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank this weekend.

On Saturday, Scouts will go door to door in specific neighborhoods distributing Publix grocery bags with instructions on how to donate. Residents who receive a bag will be asked to fill it with nonperishable food goods and place it on their doorsteps, as Scouts will return a week later to collect the food.

"We have a promise," said 8-year-old Bear Scout Teodor Johnson, a member of Boy Scout Troop 650 of Mount Carmel United Methodist in Norcross, "and a part of it says to help other people and that's actually living up to that part."

The donations collected during the Scouting for Food drive will be distributed throughout 38 counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia served by the Atlanta Community Food Bank, including Gwinnett.

"We're pleased to be working with the Boy Scouts on this important project," said Bill Bolling, executive director of the food bank. "During the current economic crisis, more and more people are in need of food assistance and the food collected will go a long way in helping many Atlanta area residents."

For more information on Scouting for Food and to donate, visit www.atlantabsa.org or call 770-956-3178.

"Helping those in need through service is the foundation upon which Scouting was built," said Michael Heekin, Atlanta Area Council Board Member and Scouting for Food Chair. "Scouting for Food is an important project that makes it easy for area residents to join the Boy Scouts in the fight against hunger and help the needy in our community."