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Scouts will collect food Saturday

April 17, 2008

Now in its 21st year, Scouting for Food will take place Saturday throughout Eudora.

Bags and informational fliers have been distributed to homes during the past week, informing them of the yearly food drive that supports the Eudora Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry in St. Paul United Church of Christ, 738 Church St.

Residents who want to participate are asked to place canned and packaged non-perishable food items in the bags and leave them on their front porch by 9 a.m. Saturday.

Members of Eudora Boy Scout Troop 64, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and a government class from Eudora High School then will collect the bags Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adult committee member John Scott said the drive began in 1988 as a result of a nationwide food collection program put on by Boy Scouts of America.

Scott estimates about 2,000 homes will be visited during an event that has grown in proportion to the population of Eudora, leading to participation from other youth-based community organizations.

"The town was getting bigger, and beside that, it's a community-wide event," Scott said.

Boy Scouts will cover the area of the Meadowlark subdivision as well as the areas north of 10th Street; Girl Scouts will be in the area of Hunter's Ridge and Winchester Road; 4-H members will be in the area east from Bluestem Drive; Cubs Scouts will take the area south from 10th Street to Kansas Highway 10 between Cherry and Tallgrass streets; and the EHS government class will cover homes in the area of the Shadow Ridge subdivision.

Not all homes will receive a bag, as the groups only have a total of 1,600 bags. However, all homes will receive a flier, instructing residents that they can use a bag of their own and label it "Scouting for Food."

Scott said it wouldn't be helpful to have the bags out at

9 a.m., but because it is not uncommon for people to be a few minutes late, and homes will be double-checked for late donations.

"You'll go down the street and there's nothing, and then you go down 15 minutes later and there will be a bag," he said.

If you do get missed, you can call 542-3510

He looks forward to the same solid turnout they have seen over the years.

"This is a good town - it always has been - and people donate," Scott said.

Eighth-grader Alex Whitten, who has been with the Scouts since he was 5 years old, said he enjoys turning in the food and seeing the happy faces of those who collect it.

"By bettering the community, I am bettering myself," Whitten said.

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