Three Minneota Cub Scouts from Pack 30 collected non-perishable food items Saturday from community members for the annual Scouts 4 Food drive to combat hunger in the United States. Pictured from left to right are Jents Knutson, Max Laleman and Connor Boerboom.

Combating hunger

Local Cub Scouts collect food in community

When the Pack 30 Cub Scouts of Minneota collected a modest supply of non-perishable food items last year, it was obvious that more promotion was needed.

"We went to each house this year before the food drive and left information and talked to some of the homeowners to let them know that we would be collecting again this year," said Cub Master Jessica Laleman.

The Scouts also placed signs and flyers around town and promoted the event through social media and print media.

"It made a big difference," Laleman noted. "We collected about 150 pounds of food last year and this year we collected around 250 pounds."

Donations were also be dropped off at AgPlus in Minneota. Scouting 4 Food is an annual Boy/Cub Scout event to combat hunger in the United States. There are five Boy Scouts and five Cub Scouts that comprise Troop/Pack 30 locally.

Three of those Cub Scouts — Connor Boerboom, Max Laleman and Jents Knutson — were driven around Minneota on Saturday by adults. When a bag was spotted on a homeowner's porch, the Cub Scout would get out of the vehicle and run up to the house to collect the donated food.

"It was such a nice day and it nice that we had a lot more food donated this year," said Jessica Laleman. "Minneota people are always so good about supporting things like this."

The non-perishable food items were donated to The Kitchen Table food shelf in Marshall.

"I think this is really important because there are so many hungry people and we need to feed them," said Ashleigh Remme, Assistant Cub Master.

"And it's important for Scouts to know they are making an impact on people's lives."

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