What do Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, the National Guard and Giant Food have in common?
They all helped to feed the hungry in the Scouting for Food program, which this year brought more than 20,000 pounds of nonperishable grocery items to Carroll County Food Sunday.
"The food stays within the county," said Todd Walters, Boy Scout district executive for Carroll County. "Giant Food, one of our sponsors, printed more than 20,000 bags for Carroll County alone. The National Guard helps out by providing transportation for the collected bags from one collection point to its final destination."
About 1,500 Scouts, ages 6 to 18, participated in the food drive in Caroll County. They distributed the bags on Feb. 27 by canvassing neighborhoods and hooking the bags, printed with instructions, to front doors.
The bags were collected Saturday, brought to collection areas and sorted in the Carroll County Food Sunday headquarters in Westminster. Several boys and an adult leader also collected items at the Giant store in Westminster.
"I thought it was interesting," said John Sebeck, age 7 1/2 , a first-year Cub Scout from Sykesville. "I liked picking up the bags. It was fun. The best part was that people were giving food for the hungry."
John was not alone in enjoying the work. Andy Woodall, Danny Hornick and Kenny Lynch-Warntz of Troop 460 in Mount Airy threw snow balls at each other during lulls in their busy morning packing bags of food into the dull green Army vehicle at the Carrolltowne Mall collection point.
"It's muscle-building," said Andy Woodall, surprised at the weight of some of the bags. Scout Danny Hornick said that stooping to avoid banging his head on the truck's roof while moving heavy bags was hard on the back.
Anthony McLamb of Baltimore, a 7 1/2 -year member of the Army Reserves who volunteered to transport the food, chuckled at the boys' comments.
Georgia Myers of Westminster, who assisted Brian Hornick of Mount Airy in the organization of the program for Carroll County, spent the day with Mr. Hornick and a dozen Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts -- elite Scouts working toward the Eagle rank -- sorting and boxing material for Food Sunday.
"We were sorting food from 9 o'clock this morning to 5 o'clock this evening," said Ms. Myers, who has been working with Scouts for years. "The boys really got into this. The amount of food we collected was just enormous.
"The food collected in the Post Office food drive last week is still sitting in bags, but we sorted and boxed all but a minuscule amount of our collection, so the things we collected will be given out as soon as anyone wants them."