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Dozens of volunteers recently gathered at the Mount Washington City Hall Annex Building to help sort, box and ship food items collected during the Boy Scouts of Amercia’s Scouting for Food drive.
Scout troops and packs 100, 333 and 776 and scout crews 100 and 333 joined local Girl Scouts and others in collecting 18,349 food items, which were taken to Mount Washington Community Ministries to be distributed to local residents in need.
The annual drive has been critical to MWCM in recent years. During last year’s drive more than 19,000 food items were collected.
Boy Scout Crew 100 chief advisor Greg Shockley said that while giving has traditionally not been inconsistent from year to year, the decline from last year may be a sign of the times.
“There is so much need out there and people just can’t give as much,” he said.
Shockley said the local troops understand MWCM’s dire need, adding that some are discussing the possibility of another communitywide food drive in the spring.
The 2011 Mount Washington Scouting for Food drive was supported by a number of local individuals and organizations, including the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and the Lioness Club, which provided pizza, drinks
and cookies for volunteers.
Organizers wished to extend a special thanks to Bullitt County Corrections and the inmates who helped out during the event.