Boy Scouts from the National Capital Area Council collected about 65,000 pounds of food for Manna Food Center, Montgomery County’s main food bank, this year during their annual Scouting for Food campaign Nov. 10.
“The scouts worked hard all weekend on our behalf, and because of them, we’ll have the food we need to feed hungry families this Thanksgiving,” Allison Krumsiek Anderson, Development Manager at Manna Food Center, wrote in an email.
Scouts from throughout the area distributed plastic grocery bags to neighbors on Saturday, Nov. 3, and returned the following Saturday to collect filled bags left on doorsteps and porches.
WIlls Green, 16, of Troop 52, Bethesda, was the largest collector among the scouts dropping off donations at the Bolger Conference Center in Potomac, one of three collection sites.
“He has been the top guy three years in a row. He filled up an SUV with bags of food,” said Geoffrey Wolfe, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 1434 in Rockville.
Wills’ father, Bo Green, attributes his son’s success to technique.
“He put out a notice of the upcoming collection on the [neighborhood] listserve and put a note on each bag he delivered,” Green said. “It’s the personal touch, he also puts out a thank you note.”
He said Wills prepared a booklet outlining his food collection plan to encourage other scouts to go above and beyond the ordinary in order to get better results.
“My troop worked hard gathering food this year and our neighbors seemed pleased to donate when we explained that the food is intended for those who need it in our community,” Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 1434, Raghav Muralidharan told Wolfe.