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Scounting for Food

By Staff | Oct 8, 2009

Youth from the Estherville area will be out in full force on Sunday, Oct. 11 as they undertake a major community service project.

Scouting for Food, now in its 23rd year, will bring together members of Boy Scout Troop No. 31, Cub Scout Troop No. 21 and the various clubs of Emmet County 4-H to gather up the donated items from doorsteps in the City of Estherville.

“We ask that residents put their bagged donations on the doorstep by 5 p.m. One of our Scouting for Food youth will pick it up between 5-6 p.m. that day,” said Ann Goebel, Scouting for Food chairperson.

Last year, the generosity of city residents amounted to about 3,000 pounds of items; from canned goods to paper towels. Goebel added, “We hope to meet or surpass this goal this year. Everything collected here stays in Emmet County and goes to the Emmet County Food Pantry.”

She added, “Although there is hard work involved, the youth all seem to enjoy participating in this worthwhile event each year. This is something that brings comfort to those individuals who are down on their luck at present.”

This community service project has been a part of character development for local Boy Scouts since 1987.

Residents should have found paper bags in The Shopper delivered to homes on Tuesday, Oct. 6. “Don’t worry if you cannot find that bag as any bag, plastic or paper will do. Also, if you care to fill more than one bag, that would be greatly appreciated,” she said.