This Saturday, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and adult leaders from the Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts of America will return to neighborhoods in Greene County and throughout the region to complete their annual Scouting for Food Good Turn Project, sponsored locally by Food City.
People who received bags recently are reminded to fill them with canned goods and set them on their porch for Saturday-morning pickup.
People who did not receive bags may participate by taking canned food items to a local Food City store or by purchasing an already-stocked food bag at Food City, Scouting official Alan Corley said.
He said that in Greene County, food collected in the Mosheim area will be delivered to Mosheim Outreach; food collected in the Baileyton area will be delivered to North Greene Community Ministries, and food collected in other areas will be delivered to the Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries Food Bank.
In 2011, Scouts in Greene County collected nearly 15,000 pounds of food for these agencies, "and they hope to do at least that well this year with the support of our communities," Corley said.
The project annually collects more than 200,000 cans of food in the 16 counties covered by the Sequoyah Council.
The drive started last weekend, 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.
The bags include a list of suggested food items to donate.
Scouts will begin collection as early as 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The food will be taken to area collection centers, where the food will be sorted, boxed and turned over to a local food distribution agency to benefit needy people in each community, Corley said.
The Good Turn project is part of a nationwide appeal undertaken by the Boy Scouts, which has more than five million members.
Food City has served as the sponsor in the Sequoyah Council region since the project's beginning in 1988, and has provided the bags as well as physical and financial support.
More than 4.9 million cans have been collected in the 24 previous Scouting for Food campaigns.
For more information, please contact Boy Scout District Executive Wesley Miller at (423) 914-1510.