OMAHA, NEB., April 25, 2013 – Scouts exemplified a Boy Scout pillar last week when they took action to make a difference in their back yard. Under the Boy Scouts of America strategic pillar of being recognized as an advocate for youth and youth issues, scouts across Nebraska and Western Iowa collected nearly 200,000 food items for those in need. This is the equivalent of 114,000 meals.
One out of five kids in Nebraska and western Iowa live in food insecure households, which means they don't have consistent access to food to help them grow and thrive. For 19 years, ConAgra Foods has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council to create the Scouting for Food drive, aimed at feeding these children and others in our communities who are in need.
In an era when we are more connected globally than ever before, Scouts, with the help of Hy-Vee stores, took the time to help out their local food pantries. More than 4,285 youth participated in the drive with the help of 3,392 adults. Scouting for Food occurs simultaneously in 58 counties in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. The food collected in those counties benefits the people who need it locally. Scouting for Food is the largest coordinated community service project the Mid-America Council does every year.
For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been teaching youth the value of helping others through community service. Scouting for Food began in the Mid-America Council in 1989.
The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council serves 20,814 youth by instilling them with values that last a lifetime. Such values include honesty, helping others, character development and respect for the law. Scouts learn these values while participating in fun, family-friendly activities. The Council, supported by 7,017 volunteers, is headquartered in Omaha, with a satellite service center in Sioux City, Iowa