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UNION — The Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its annual “Scouting for Food” Drive Saturday, Nov, 9, 2013.

The “Scouting for Food” Drive is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest community service project. Scouts from Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, York, Chester, and Lancaster counties participated in the drive. As a collective group, the Palmetto Council collected 58,092 pounds of food.

In Union, Scouts from Pack and Troop 42 at Grace United Methodist Church collected 1,134 pounds of food which was donated to Channels of Blessings Food Pantry. In Lockhart, Scouts from Pack and Troop 45 at First Baptist Church collected 138 pounds and donated it to Jacob’s Well.

“The 2013 Scouting for Food Drive was very successful in Union County,” Taylor Thomas, a local representative of the Boy Scouts said. “I am very appreciative of the community support for this drive. We strive to teach our young men in the Scouting program to support our community, especially during the holiday season. On behalf of the Boy Scouts, thank you for your support!”

In total, Union County Scouts volunteered 180 hours of service for this food drive.

“We look forward to growing the Scouting program in Union County and finding more ways to give back to the community,” Thomas said.

The Palmetto Council, BSA is chartered by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to provide support to local Scouting programs in six counties in South Carolina.

“The counties we serve are Spartanburg, Chester, Cherokee, Lancaster, Union and York,” Thomas said. “We provide support to over 200 Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Exploring, and Learning for Life programs at local community organizations throughout all six counties. More than 5,500 youth are participants of these programs.”

This story was written by Palmetto Council, BSA District Executive Taylor Thomas.

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