The Anne Arundel County Food Bank honored Cub Scouts from Pack 249 in Edgewater on Tuesday for collecting the most donations in a special program Tuesday morning in Crownsville.
As a part of Scouting for Food, a national service program coordinated by the Boy Scouts of America, the local troop collected 17,771 pounds of goods for the county food bank. The high number made them the single largest contributor to the food bank of any troop in The Capital District, according to district coordinator Mark Friese.
Cub Scouts Declan Jones and Andrew Stecklein represented Pack 249 at a special awards ceremony Tuesday on behalf of this troop as one of several local groups honored for their donations to the food bank.
“I participate in the food drive to help the hungry families and it makes me feel proud because I’m doing a good deed,” Declan said. “There are a lot of hungry families because the food banks run out of food.”
The young scouts and their troop raised more than 17,000 pounds of goods by setting up tables outside grocery stores and using donated money to shop for food. They did that every weekend for a month, Declan said.
The county food bank also honored South River High, Davidsonville Elementary and Central Elementary for being the top three schools in gathering donations for those in need. Central Middle finished seventh in the region in donations.
“Clearly we have a generous area with many community-service-minded kids and families,” said Declan’s mother, Katie Jones.
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