SAN ANTONIO - Hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts went door-to-door Saturday collecting food to help feed the hungry during their Scouting For Food event.
According to the San Antonio Food Bank, one in four children in Bexar County are food insecure. The scouts' goal was to collect 25,000 pounds of nonperishable goods to go to the food bank.
Neighbors were given directions to put items like peanut butter and tuna fish in bags at the beginning of the week, before the kids came to collect them. With more than 100 troops participating, it's the largest one-day food drive for the Boy Scouts of America.
"We don't want to be paid or anything it's just something that we do," Xavier Moreira, a Cub Scout with Boy Scouts of America Alamo Area Council, said.
Last year the effort fed more than 12,000 meals to those in need, according to organizers. It's one way the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts help to teach the value of community service.
"It makes me feel like I'm helping the whole world and helping other kids," Jonas Smith, a Cub Scout with Boy Scouts of America Alamo Area Council, said.
The scouts won't know how much food they've collected until about mid-week.
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