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Nov 09,2007
La Pine Boy Scouts to collect food for needy
by LWNS

If you see an empty grocery bag on your porch Saturday, don't recycle it. Instead, fill it up.
 
Central Oregon's Boy Scouts are collecting the fixings for meals for hundreds of needy area families during their annual "Scouting for Food" event. Their goal is to surpass the 12,000 pounds of food collected at last year's event.
 
On Saturday Nov. 10, hundreds of Scouts throughout the region will distribute empty grocery bags donated by Albertson's. Residents are asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food items and leave them on their porch for pickup on Saturday, Nov. 17. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, Scouts will comb the region "Scouting for Food."  The effort is supported by Umpqua Bank, Albertson's grocery stores, Pip Printing, and The Bulletin newspaper.
 
After collection, Bend-area Scouts will take bags to the Albertson's store on South Highway 97, where they will be loaded into a Salvation Army truck. Food will then be delivered to the Salvation Army facility in Bend and FISH food bank in Redmond for distribution to needy families. Scouts in other areas will deliver collections to: La Pine Christmas Food Basket; Prineville St. Vincent DePaul; Madras Elks Lodge; Sisters Kiwanis food bank.
 
Area Boy Scout executive Jared Vanderhoff said community members who do not receive an empty bag can donate by contacting any of the above agencies directly.
 
Nationally, over 4 million Scouts and adult volunteers are involved in the effort. More information is available by calling the Scout office at 382-4647 or visiting www.craterlakecouncil.org/fremont.
 
Who are Central Oregon's Boy Scouts?
 
The largest civic leadership training, conservation and community service group in the region, Fremont District of the Crater Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America serves over 1,600 boys and young men and women age six to 18 in Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture, and Varsity. Scouts and almost 500 volunteer leaders provide over 380,000 hours annually of community service, leadership training, emergency medical response training, environmental restoration, disaster preparedness and assistance to citizens of the three-county region. The Fremont District serves Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties.
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