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Newsfront - November 21, 2008

Area Scouts help replenish food banks

Annual event brings in 75 tons of food to be given to people in need

by Geoff Gillette

Last weekend's excellent weather provided a gorgeous backdrop for the thousands of Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts throughout the area who pounded the pavement Saturday as part of their annual Scouting for Food event.

During the previous week, Scouts went door to door throughout hundreds of neighborhoods leaving sacks or notices of the upcoming drive to benefit area food banks.

The Mt. Diablo/Silverado Council, which serves Contra Costa, Northern Alameda, Napa, Solano and Lake counties, had around 16,000 Scouts on the streets over the weekend picking up food and bringing it to designated drop off points, said Assistant Scout Executive Valerie Ridgers.

She said they are still tallying the results, but they believe the Scouts will have amassed 151,000 pounds of food.

"That is down a little," she noted. "It's down 6 percent from last year, but there were three other food drives before ours and we think that may have affected things."

The council's goal for this year was 220,000 pounds, the most ambitious goal it has set since the inception of Scouting for Food in 1997. Scouts came close to that number in 2006 when they brought in 209,088 pounds of food. Last year the number dropped to 184,067.

Ridgers said she was very pleased by the efforts put forth by the Scouts and said she feels the response from the households in the area was excellent.

Scouts who participate each year receive a patch that commemorates the event.