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Northeast Iowa Scouts 'Scout for Food'

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Scouts throughout Northeast Iowa participated in their annual Scouting for Food drive Saturday in Dubuque. Last week, both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts distributed more than 35,000 door hangers around their communities. The door hangers were used as encouragement to residents in hopes to donate nonperishable food and household items for Saturday's event.

This Saturday morning, the scouts returned to those homes to pick up those nonperishable and household items for donations. Then, the items were sorted and boxed to bring to 6 local food pantries, including the Dubuque Food Pantry.

Doug Stahr is an assistant scoutmaster and helped plan the event. He says the items donated at the event will help many people for months to come.

"The plus side to this is that we have heard that this supplies food for them for at least 6 months." said Stahr.

Stahr also believes this event will help teach the scouts the importance of giving back.

"I think the boys see first hand the stuff actually coming in. They get to touch it, they get to put it in boxes and they know where it is going and know how it is going to benefit somebody in the future. So it's a tremendous learning experience for them." said Stahr.

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in Northeast Iowa. Last year, the event helped donate 40,000 pounds of food to local food pantries. This year, the scouts hope to donate the same amount.

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