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January 30, 2014

Scouting for Food starts Saturday

The annual “Scouting for Food” program, a joint service project of the Boy Scouts and the Kiwanis Club of Dalton, begins Saturday as hundreds of Scouts will distribute instructive door hangers to subdivisions throughout the Dalton/Whitfield County area and a portion of the Chatsworth/Murray County area. The distribution of the instructions to local residents is the first step towards the collection of canned foods to replenish the food center of the Salvation Army and other area food banks on the following Saturday, Feb. 8.

Since the late 1980s, “Scouting for Food “ has operated in Murray and Whitfield counties continuously as an annual event. There are probably more volunteers helping in this program than any other community-wide program, if you take into consideration every family that makes a food donation.

The “door hangers” will be hung either on doorknobs or mailbox flags on this weekend and the written instructions will explain that Scouts will return on Saturday, Feb. 8, between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to collect food donations placed visibly on the front porch or near the mailbox. The donated canned goods are then taken to the Salvation Army food bank or other church food banks. The Kiwanis Club of Dalton provides a helping hand to the Salvation Army in Dalton by sorting, boxing and labeling donated foods, then putting it on the shelves for easy access.

“This annual food drive is so very important to our food center each year and is a significant source for all our food that is provided to persons in need,” said Maj. Art Fultz of the Salvation Army. “Our requests for food assistance do not diminish from year-to-year. There are always persons in need, and we are so grateful for this community effort that helps us help so many others. The food is distributed for free to those persons and families needing assistance.”

“For the sake of efficiency and the safety of the scouts helping on this project, collection efforts concentrate on developed subdivisions,” said Rafael Huerta, the Conasauga District executive. “All households are encouraged to participate in the food drive, even if they have to drop off their food in a paper sack directly at the Salvation Army food center sometime next week,” he added. “Our scouts like this program because they know they are helping someone, and they are always excited to find donations because it’s like finding a present on Christmas morning.”

The Salvation Army requests that perishable items, frozen items or anything in glass containers not be donated. Citizens are also asked to review expiration dates on items and donate only those items that have remaining shelf life. This important community project helps local residents truly in need of assistance. If you have a question or need more information, please contact the Scout Service Center at (706) 272-7111 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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