Cub Scouts from Pack 348 in Colonial Heights collect food during the 2013 Scouting for Food drive.
The Sequoyah Council of Boy Scouts of America just wrapped up its 26th annual Scouting for Food drive. In the past 25 years, Boy Scouts in the Sequoyah Council have collected 5 million cans of food.
Hundreds of Scouts, volunteer leaders, parents and siblings spent two Saturdays canvassing neighborhoods throughout the county's 16-county region to collect non-perishable food items for local pantries and food banks.
Scouts set out bags, donated by corporate sponsor Food City, on Saturday, Nov. 9, and returned to the same neighborhoods to collect them on Saturday, Nov. 16.
All of the food collected through Scouting for Food stays local. It is donated to more than 50 local food pantries and food banks in the 16-county region the Sequoyah Council serves. Each troop ensures that the goods it collects go back into the same community that provided it.
Food City, the corporate sponsor of the food drive, provides the collection bags and each store serves as a collection site. If you did not receive a bag or if, for whatever reason, your bag was not picked up, you can still participate by dropping it off at any Food City location. They will accept donations through Nov. 19.
To learn more about Scouting in the Sequoyah Council or to find a unit near you, call (423) 952-6961.
Here is a collection of photos from the 2013 Scouting for Food drive.