Story and photo by Katey Berg

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In the Cub Scout Law of the Pack, a Cub Scout gives good will … and in the Boy Scout Promise, a Boy Scout promises to help other people at all times.

By participating in a Scouting for Food program, Scouts come a step closer to fulfilling those words. Across the country, in many councils and districts, thousands of troops and packs with millions of scouts involved collect tens of millions of pounds of food, which are distributed to needy neighbors.

Here in Evanston, the local Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops took part in the annual Scouting for Food event sponsored by Sunset Foods.

In early March, empty bags were dropped off at homes in the area, and a week later the bags were picked up full of food. This year two food pantries benefited from this scouting service project: Hemenway United Methodist Church received 1,022 bags of food from 108 boys from Cub Scout Packs 210, 904, 906, 922, and 929, and Boy Scout Troops 3 and 929. Hillside Church Food Pantry received an estimated 500 bags of food from 37 boys from Cub Scout Packs 916, 918, 927, and 932, and Boy Scout Troop 916. In addition to the Scouts, more than 60 adults were on hand to help with the bag drop off, food pickup, and delivery to the food pantries.

One Cub Scout ran down the sidewalk shouting, “We collected 23 bags!” after he and his father had finished their route.