The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in Aurora worked together this year as they went "Scouting for Food." It is an annual program where Scouts ask the community to assist a food bank.

The weekend of April 5, Scouts distributed plastic bags to homes throughout Aurora. Residents were asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food items and place the bag on the front steps or porch on the morning of April 12.

The Scouts picked up the donations and delivered them to the Volunteers of America food pantry.

VOA food pantry coordinator Sue Altman said the need for assistance continues to grow, and the pantry serves Aurora residents that find themselves needing assistance. Scouting for Food chairman Gary Jancsurak of Boy Scout Troop 269 said, "The Scouts worked to make the 11th annual drive the biggest and most successful yet. The program continues to grow as more scouts want to get involved and help those less fortunate."

With the cooperation of Walmart and Big Lots, Scouts and parents were at the stores in Bainbridge on April 12, asking customers to donate non perishable food and toiletries. The Scouts filled a Volunteers of America truck with nearly a ton and a half of food.

Aurora Councilwoman Amy McDougald was at Walmart and witnessed the work the Scouts were doing to help the VOA.

"Sometimes you wonder where our nation is going and what's happening, and then you see young men taking their day -- it was a beautiful day -- to spend it on an altruistic event," she said at Council's April 14 meeting. "It made me feel really good about our city and our youth."

She went on to thank the scouts for their work in the community.

Since 2004, Scouting for Food has collected and donated more than 21 tons of food to the Volunteers of America. This success is because of the generosity of the community, Jancsurak noted.

The Scouting program promotes service to the community and assisting those in need. Help is always appreciated, as the leaders work to instill these lessons in children.