Boy Scouts Wrap Up Food Drive

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Local Boy Scouts collected 29,745 pounds of food last year and provided 27,000 meals. For the 28th annual Scouting for Food, they're looking to keep helping the community.

The food drive benefits Ozarks Food Harvest but the last day is March 25, according to a news release from the food bank.

Starting March 4, Scouts have dropped off plastic grocery sacks on front doors across Springfield.

According to the news release, Kurtis Grothoff,  district executive for the Boy Scouts of America, said they participate because of their dedication to developing good character development and morals for the Scouts.

"The Boy Scouts of the Ozark Trails Council in southwest Missouri participate in the Scouting for Food drive because it is rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement," Grothoff said in the release. "Scouts learn how to take care of others and their community and they do so by giving their own time and energy to help someone in need."

Over the past 11 years, local Scouts provided about 160,000 meals.

"We look forward to working with the Boy Scouts every year," Denise Gibson, Ozarks Food Harvest director of development and communication, said in the release. "We're grateful for their enthusiasm and dedication to helping others."

The Ozarks Trails Council headquarters and Ozarks Food Harvest are accepting donations. Four Walmart locations in Springfield are also accepting canned or non-perishable food donations until March 25.

Walmart Locations:

2021 E. Independence St.
3315 S. Campbell Ave.
1320 S. Glenstone Ave.
3150 W. Republic Rd.


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