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Scouting For Food program continues collecting for area pantries

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MARION (WSIL) -- Local Scouts do their part to stock the shelves of food pantries, collecting more than 2,300 items at multiple locations within the city.

Organizers of the Love your Neighbor food drive says, the Valentine's Day theme still applies, even though Saturday's drive-thru event was rescheduled after winter weather shut down the region last week.

Troop 7021 Assistant Scout Master, Mark Henshaw. says the goal is to help those struggling to put a meal on the table. This can be an even bigger challenge for some out of work due to the pandemic.

"Well obviously there's a huge need in our in our community right now with everything going on--coronavirus and weather," says Henshaw. "And we're out here to help our community."

Scouts with Troops 7021 and 7024 kept busy hauling bags of non-perishable items out of cars and trucks, doing their part and gaining a valuable lesson.

"Our young people get to see immediately how their community service can effect the community," says Henshaw. "And they get to see the need and they can see that the need is ongoing, so I think it's one of the best things we do for our young people."

Drop-offs were held at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Zion United Church of Christ and the Marion Ministerial Alliance, where donations are still being accepted.

Joe Rehana

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