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Helping Your Community: Scouting for Food Drive In Full Swing

Do you have any extra canned goods in the pantry? The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America can help you clear that out.
MONROE -- Do you have any extra canned goods in the pantry? The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America can help you clear that out.

The scouts through Central and Northeast Louisiana are teaming up and prepping for the 26'th annual Scouting For Food Drive. The food will be given to needy citizens in the region.
   
Last weekend, on November 2, the kids dropped off paper bags to homes throughout Northeast Louisiana.
   
Folks are encouraged to fill up those bags with canned food. The scouts will come back and pick them up at 9 a.m. this Saturday, November 9th. If you did not receive a food bag, you may drop off a food donation to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana located at 4600 Central Avenue in Monroe.

Food will be distributed through that food bank and other outlying food pantries.

"We're hoping we'll get folks to donate canned goods and lots of protein items such as tuna, peanut butter, vegetables, canned meats," said Sarah Fuller, marketing director for the local office of the Boy Scouts for America. "We desperately need your help this year. There are a number of people that are in need, especially going into this holiday time.

Organizers ask not donate breakable and perishible items, or homemade goods.

This year, the Boy Scouts hope to collect more than 45,000 pounds of food.

"That's an integral part of scouting, do a good turn daily," said Fuller. "We are teaching our scouts that to be a good citizen is to give back and help in your community, any way you can."

For more information, call the Boy Scouts Service Center at 318-325-4634.

For more information on the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana and its services, visit http://www.fbnela.org/

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