Local Boy Scouts collecting donations for the Food Bank

Jan. 30—THOMASVILLE- Last weekend, local Boy Scouts canvased the neighborhoods of Thomas County, spreading the word about Scouting for Food, one of the organization's largest community service projects of the year.

The scouts distributed flyers asking for donations of non-perishable foods such as canned goods, dried rice and beans, peanut butter, cereals and other items. The boys, ages 6-18, belong to Troop 306 and Pack 316, affiliated with First Presbyterian Church, and Troop 302 and Pack 302, associated with Dillon Road Presbyterian Church.

Since its inception in 1985, Scouting for Food, an annual nationwide project of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), has collected food for the needy. Locally, the project benefits the Thomas County Food Bank & Outreach Center.

Troop 306 Senior Patrol Leader Sam Yokley said he and his fellow scouts distributed flyers to over 700 houses in six neighborhoods. In total, over 2,250 houses were solicited by the four groups. The scouts will return to the homes this coming Saturday, February 3 to collect donations; however, Yokley emphasized donations are welcome from anyone.

"If a homeowner did not receive a flyer at his house and would like to contribute to the food bank, donations can be placed in a covered kiosk situated outside Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop on Broad St.," said Yokley. He added donations are also welcome directly at the Thomas County Food Bank located at 430 N. Broad St.

Lana Kimler, Scouting for Food Coordinator for the southwest Georgia troops and packs of the BSA Suwannee River Council, said the project fits in with one of the main principles of the scout oath: to help other people at all times.

"A scout who helps those in need spreads kindness and compassion, as well as develops a lifelong desire to make the world a better place," said Kimler "He's living by the scout slogan: 'Do a good turn daily,' which for scouts means going out of your way to assist others."

Last year, Thomas County scouts collected over 4,100 pounds of food. They are hoping to surpass that amount this year.

Food pickup will take place on Saturday morning, February 3 beginning at 8 a.m. Residents are asked to leave donations in boxes or bags on front porches or the most visible area of their property.

For more information about Scouting for Food or to find out more about the boy scout troops in Thomasville, email troop306thomasville@gmail.com.