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AMARILLO, April 9 — Hundreds of local boy scouts will canvass several Amarillo neighborhoods Saturday, April 10 collecting food donations door-to-door during the 2021 Scouting for Food “Good Turn” program. The annual event, benefitting the High Plains Food Bank, is traditionally one of the largest spring food drives in the Texas Panhandle. However, the event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“This is a popular event, but the number of participants is down this year,” said Michael Lopez, Golden Eagle District Executive. “Although we won’t be able to cover as many neighborhoods as we normally do, we’re excited to engage the entire Texas Panhandle to support the food bank by incorporating a fund drive this year!”

 

Residents across the Texas Panhandle and beyond can donate online at https://give.hpfb.org/HPFB/scouting21 to support High Plains Food Bank through Scouting for Food.

 

“We’re grateful for the Boy Scouts partnering with us again in 2021 and look forward to a successful Scouting for Food,” said Zack Wilson, executive director for High Plains Food Bank. “We’ve been short on volunteer groups in 2020 and 2021 to sort food donations, so we’re excited about the addition of a fund drive. We’re able to provide about 6 meals with every $1 donation that comes in, and the funds give us the flexibility to buy the specific items we need and quickly get it on trucks and out to neighbors in need.”

 

Troops and packs will inform residents within their assigned neighborhoods of where to leave donations, pick-up times, etc. High Plains Food Bank's top food needs include peanut butter, pasta/sauce, boxed dinners, and canned items including soups, fruits, vegetables, and meats.

 

The community may support Scouting for Food 2021 by:

Delivering donations of food or fund to High Plains Food Bank, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or this Saturday from  9 a.m. to noon

Drop food donations into "Scouting for Food" barrels, located at:

Boy Scouts of America’s Golden Spread Council Office, 401 Tascosa Road, through April 9th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The People's Federal Credit Union's Amarillo & Canyon Branches, during normal lobby hours:

Hillside Office: 7200 Hillside Rd, Amarillo, TX 79109

Pecos Office: 3601 West 15th, Amarillo, TX 79102

Canyon Office: 120 Hunsley Rd, Canyon. TX 79015

 

To confirm that your neighborhood is scheduled for pickup, please call the Golden Spread Council of Boy Scouts of America office at 806-358-6500. Neighborhoods with planned pickups include:

- Trade Winds

- Western Plateau

- South Georgia

- Ridgecrest

- Windsor

- Hillside Terrace

- Greenways

- Puckett

- City of Canyon

 

Once the troops and packs finish collecting non-perishable food from their assigned neighborhoods, they will deliver all donations to HPFB.  Food is weighed as it arrives, from approximately 9:00 AM to noon, with peak activity around 10 AM.

 

For more information or media interviews, please contact Tina Brohlin, director of development for High Plains Food Bank at 806-350-1435 or tina@hpfb.org.

 

About Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating, citizenship, and develop personal fitness. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

 

Golden Spread Council Mission:

The mission of the Golden Spread Council is to serve today’s youth and aid them in their endeavors to be prepared to face the challenges and opportunities of life, by instilling values through Scouting that will last for a lifetime. Our purpose is to provide strong, values-based programs that strengthen character, develop good citizenship, and enhance both mental and physical fitness. Our objective is to accomplish the mission of the BSA and provide Scouting values to the maximum number of youth in every community we serve.

 

About High Plains Food Bank:

 

High Plains Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger in the Texas Panhandle. HPFB secures, processes, stores and distributes food to 166 partner agencies, across the top 29 counties in Texas. These food pantries provide a safety net offering food assistance directly to the 1 in 6 local people who struggle with food insecurity, including 1 in 5 children. In 2020, HPFB distributed a record-breaking 9 million pounds of food for the second consecutive year. To combat food insecurity and improve the overall health of clients we serve, HPFB provides a variety of targeted community programs, including: Kids Cafe, Direct Mobile Distribution, a senior adult food program (CSFP), and nutrition education through The Garden at High Plains Food Bank. HPFB can also help individuals with applying for SNAP, CHIP, and Medicaid. In addition to fighting hunger and supporting better health, food banking decreases waste by distributing food that would otherwise go uneaten to people who need it. *High Plains Food Bank is an equal opportunity provider.

 

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

 

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