BY LISA WARREN
More than 13,000 pounds of food was collected over the weekend and provided to area food pantries -- all thanks to the efforts of local Boy Scouts.
At least 14 Boy Scout and Cub Scout units based in Greeneville and Greene County took part, scout officials said.
Among the sites benefiting were:
* the Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries' Food Bank, which received 6,800 pounds of food;
* the Mosheim Outreach, which received 3,200 pounds,
* the North Greene Community Ministires, in Baileyton, which received 1,800 pounds, and
* the McDonald Mission Center, which received 780 pounds.
Additionally, about 45 pounds of food was also collected by local scouts and taken to the Shepherd's Center in Rogersville, and Brown Springs Baptist Church, in Mosheim, collected about 400 pounds of food and 15 turkeys for its food pantry, officials say.
The local food drive was part of the "Scouting for Food Good Turn Project," held throughout the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region by the Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Food City stores sponsored the local drive.
Last year, the Scouts in Greene County collected more than 12,000 pounds of food as part of the annual "Scouting for Food" drive.
This year's food drive began Saturday, Nov. 9, as Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and volunteers visited neighborhoods throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to deliver more than 150,000 bags provided by Food City.
Scouts then collected the food-filled bags early Saturday morning and brought to the food pantries in their respective communities, Scouting officials explained.
The project annually collects more than 200,000 cans of food in the 16 counties of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia that are included in the Sequoyah Council, officials say.
The food is taken to collection centers, where it is sorted, boxed and turned over to local food-distribution agencies to benefit needy people in each community.
The Good Turn Project is part of a nationwide appeal undertaken by the Boy Scouts, which has more than 4 million members, officials say.
Food City has served as the sponsor in the Sequoyah Council since the inception of the project in 1988, and has provided the bags, along with physical and financial support.
More than 5.1 million cans have been collected in the 25 previous Scouting for Food campaigns.
The food is distributed in the communities in which it is collected. Many food banks report stocks from Scouting for Food campaigns lasting up to six months, according to a Scouting spokesman.