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Scouts aid Food Bank

FEED THE NEED Cub Scout Katie Wyatt helps during the food drive at Community FoodBank on Saturday, Nov. 17. Wyatt’s troop brought in a record-setting 648 pounds. Credit: Robert Eliason

More than 50 scouting families came together to distribute approximately 5,200 pounds of food to needy Hollister families before Thanksgiving.

The Nov. 17 event was a collaborative effort between the Community Foodbank of San Benito and the San Benito District of the Boy Scouts of America.

“Scouting for Food is an annual event that the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts come together to collect food for our local Hollister community,” said Scouting for Food lead volunteer Julia Stephens.

Stephens said the project inspires families to volunteer together.

“Scouting families and their siblings can help their scout drop off fliers to advertise the event and help pick up the food donations to drop off at the food bank,” said Stephens.

Stephens said local residents are charitable and enjoy giving to others during the holiday season,donating primarily dry goods including canned goods, cereal, instant potatoes and mac ’n cheese.

“The food bank gives away full Thanksgiving dinner items including the turkey for low-income families and the dinners, and giveaway bags are assembled by staff and volunteers,” said Stephens. “The best part is helping out our local community.”