A district-wide food drive put on by the Boy Scouts of America brought in more than 125,000 pounds of food to the United Food Bank of Arizona on Feb. 1.
The annual event, Scouting for Food, takes place nationally with proceeds benefiting local food banks and families in the Boy Scouts’ home districts.
The door-to-door food drive is in line with the Boy Scouts promise to “help other people at all times,” as well as the United Food Bank’s effort to battle hunger in Arizona on a year-round basis.
“It is through our ongoing partnerships with outstanding organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, as well as innovative food-drive campaigns like Scouting for Food, that will help us in our goal of eliminating systematic hunger in Arizona,” said Lisa J. Pino, President and CEO of the United Food Bank of Arizona, in a press statement.
This year’s food drive in the East Valley involved 53 individual groups, who collected 183 bins of food and nearly 126,000 pounds of food this past week.
“In total, over 104,000 individual meals will be provided to Arizona’s hungry as a result of their dedication and hard work,” said Pino.