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Scouts join the drive for food

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Back row, from left: Loren David, Eric Reuss, Von Petersen, Bennett McBroom, Nikk Dickerson, Jon Proft and Jake O'Brien; middle row: Matt Sennott, Sally Kos, Meghan Karge, McKayla Graves, Aiden Turber, Logan David, Dalton David, Mack Dickerson and Jennifer Richter; front row: Logan Halverson, Everett Sennott, Garret Shaw, Conner Proft, Wally Dickerson, Corbin Manz, Kacen Petersen and Sawyer Stocker. Staff photo by Rick Bussler
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Rick Bussler, Publisher

Scouts from all over Owatonna are joining in on the crusade to stamp out hunger during March Foodshare Month.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., scouts will be stationed at seven locations around Owatonna collecting food and cash donations for Community Pathways, the food shelf servicing Steele County. The locations include Hy-Vee Foods, Fareway, Cash Wise, Fleet Farm, Trinity Lutheran, Our Savior’s Lutheran and Community Pathways.

This year’s drive deviates from how the local Scouts have assisted with the food shelf in the past. Previously, Scout members canvassed the entire community by dropping off fliers one weekend and coming back again the next weekend to collect donations on doorsteps, according to Bennett McBroom, a Scout leader. “It took a lot of manpower and time to distribute that amount of fliers,” he said. “We figured this would be an easier opportunity for us to do the good.”

McBroom credits his wife with coming up with the idea to switch the food collection process for the Scouts. “This way just streamlines the whole thing, so it just takes one day,” he said. “We hope it will be mutually beneficial for those who want to be involved,” he added.

Residents can simply drop off a cash donation or non-perishable items at any of the seven locations. At least 25 scouts will be involved between all the spots, McBroom said. At the end of the day all food collected will be dropped off at Community Pathways.

A big advantage of the new format for the boys and girls, McBroom said, is that they will be able to interact with people. In the past, they rarely saw anybody when they went to pick up food on the doorsteps. He said with the new format, the kids will feel like they are a lot more involved.

McBroom said this is the first time the Scouts have been involved with the food shelf in the spring. Their efforts will now coincide with March Foodshare Month, a statewide effort to stock the local food shelves.

While the Scouts or Community Pathways certainly will not turn away cash donations, the Scouts are aiming for food donations. The Scouts hope to achieve 7,000 pounds of food from all locations.

“It’s a lot more tangible for kids to be unloading food than collecting a dollar bill,” said Dom Korbel, executive director for Community Pathways. “We just need them to help us get it in the building, and we will sort it out,” he added.

Korbel said 7,000 pounds of food is equal to a day’s worth of food distribution. “It’s not about how long it lasts, but it’s about the impact it has on a family,” he said.

Both Korbel and McBroom are excited about this weekend’s food drive. “I love the format. I think it will be a success,” Korbel said.

The last time local Scouts were involved with the food shelf was November 2022. At that time, they raised 4,447 pounds of food and $250 cash, according to Korbel.

The local food shelf is hoping the Scouts will put them closer to the 100,000 goal for March.


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Scouting For Food

 

Saturday, March 23

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Donate cash or food at:

 

  • Cash Wise                          - Fareway
  • Mills Fleet Farm                - Our Savior’s Lutheran
  • Hy-Vee Foods                   - Community Pathways
  • Trinity Lutheran

 

 

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