MT. VERNON — —
“One thing that I think is a huge benefit is the fact that this food all stays local,” Wright said. “A lot of things we donate to don't always stay local and they go to other places.”
Another important part of the program is how it teaches scouts the importance of giving to the less fortunate, Wright said.
“It's teaching them to be of service to other people and that's what Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts is all about — to serve others not just themselves,” Wright said.
Boy Scouts of America started the Scouting for Food program in 1985. The Mt. Vernon collection drive was launched more than 10 years ago.
The program is held annually at the local level across the U.S.
“It makes you happy to see all these people bringing in food … for the people that need it,” said William Milt, 16, a Boy Scout with Troop 103. “Because there's a lot of people out here that don't have food.”