Boy Scouts, Volunteers Collect Food Items for HACAP Food Reservoir

By Nadia Crow, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A growing number of Eastern Iowans go hungry each night. Saturday's Scouting for Food hoped to combat that need by collecting thousands of food items for area food pantries.

They backed up their cars into a Rockwell Collins warehouse so people could unload a trunk full of food. Bags collected from the homes of Eastern Iowans helping this year's annual Scouting for Food drive.

"Mostly we've been trying to just get all the bags and not think about the rain," said boy scout Cody Gibbons.

The scouts were fighting the need by dealing with Mother Nature's fury. Rain soaked the bags covering items to fill the bellies of families who've hit hard times.

"It's important to donate food to the food banks to help people who don't have food," said Gibbons.

"Fruits, vegetables, canned meat, protein, pasta," said HACAP Food Reservoir Director Amanda Pieper.

Items various food pantries across the area say they're running out of during a season when most people don't donate. Take the holidays just around the corner and add that to an increase in need and Saturday's collection proves more and more important.

"It is a variety of people and it is kind of hard to pinpoint but the people who are losing their jobs who've lost their jobs recently and their savings have ran out they need to venture on avenues they hadn't have to venture before," said Pieper.

Not just the boy scouts, kids from area schools pitched in to lend a helping hand to a struggling neighbor.

"It's happening there in your backyard," said Pieper.

These families face obstacles just putting food on the table, so for scouts a little rain didn't stop their mission.

"I think this is more important than the rain," said Gibbons.

And not just Saturday, HACAP staff say they'll need your help in the months to come. HACAP hoped to fill two semi-trailers worth of food. This is all in efforts to stock the shelves of area food pantries before the busy holiday season.
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