By Jozette KARAGUOZIAN
The American Legion Hall in La Crescenta has been working hand-in-hand with the Scouting for Food project for numerous years. This year, the event took place on Saturday, Nov. 14. Scouting for Food is when scouts drop off empty bags to local residences the first Saturday in November asking for the bags to be filled with non-perishable items. The following Saturday, after the bags have been filled, scouts retrieve them and then deliver them to corresponding collection sites. The American Legion Hall is the collection site for Troop 288.
At the collection site on Saturday, Troop 288 scouts, their parents and community volunteers sorted the items according to type of food, then boxed them back up to deliver to two food banks in the area – Sue’s Garden in La Crescenta and the other is the Sunland-Tujunga Aid Center.
Andy and Cheryl Turner have helped run this event for many years. They receive plenty of feedback directly from the food banks that receive the donations, thanking them for their efforts.
“This is our favorite service project that we do in scouts,” said Cheryl. “The American Legion has always given great support to Troop 288.”
Last year they collected 12,000 pounds of food products and hoped to exceed that amount this year.