Scouts went from door to door Saturday morning in Waxahachie, collecting food to help fight against hunger. The annual Scouting for Food program benefits more than 40 food banks in the North Texas area.

“Essentially it is a two-week program. We go out the week before and hand out bags by putting them on people’s houses and porches. The bags have the date (and information) on there, which allows them to put them out the next weekend,” said Scott Brook, Webelos den leader for Pack 232. “As we were putting out bags last week, a number of people had already donated because they look forward to doing this every year. They look forward to the scouts coming to their door. It gives the scouts a chance to interact a little bit more with their community.”

Brooks said most of the donations will help stock the Salvation Army’s food bank with other groups helping other food banks in the area. To help with the collection, the city was divided into different districts, with different troops and packs working each area. Pack 232 had about 20 scouts working their assigned area, which was from Marvin Avenue to Cynisca Street, Ferris Avenue to Grand Street and up around Lake Waxahachie. Citywide there were from 100 to 120 scouts collecting donations of canned and boxed food.

During the collection, scouts are always accompanied by an adult leader.

“Some years are different than others. I’m hoping that this year we have a really good turnout with the people putting out food, knowing that there are a lot of hungry people here in Ellis County. We are hoping for good numbers. People are donating both canned goods and dry goods, anything that is not fresh or in a glass container,” Bluebonnet District scouting coordinator Susan Brooks said. 

“It is pretty much the same every year,” she said. “We put the bags out and pick them up the following week. This year we are concentrating on the Salvation Army but there is food going to different food banks around Ellis County and also the St. Joseph (Catholic Church) food pantry as well in Waxahachie.”

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