Utah National Guard Supports

Scouting for Food for 19th Consecutive Year

 

Written by Spc. Samantha Xanthos

Published March 30, 2006

 

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Scouts deliver  bags of food to the Spanish Fork Armory, one of dozens of drop-off points for the Scouting for Food drive Mar. 25.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Scouts deliver  bags of food to the Spanish Fork Armory, one of dozens of drop-off points for the Scouting for Food drive Mar. 25.

SALT LAKE CITY – Boy Scouts, Yellow Freight drivers and members of the Utah Army and Air National Guard blasted off hunger at this year’s Scouting for Food drive Mar. 25.

The annual event supplies more food to Utah food banks in one day than any other during the year. This year’s effort yielded over 1.5 million pounds of food for those in need throughout the state.

“Utah certainly has a legacy; it certainly has a heritage; it certainly is proven historically to care about our neighbors and to step forward and see what we can do to help them,” said Utah Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert in his remarks at the Scouting for Food kickoff event Mar. 23 in Sandy.

“Nothing gives us more satisfaction or pride than to help citizens right here in Utah,” added Brig. Gen. Bruce Frandsen, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Utah National Guard.

Running from house to house on the day of the big event, energetic Scouts gathered grocery bags filled with food under the supervision of watchful leaders.

“It’s really cool,” said Matt Smith, a scout from District 18. “I like having activities with meaning.”

“We are doing this for our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate,” said Blair Hutchings, Scouting for Food Coordinator for District 18. “We really can make a difference.”

Civilian vehicles and a Utah National Guard truck line up to deliver food to the Provo Food Bank.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

Civilian vehicles and a Utah National Guard truck

line up  to deliver food to the Provo Food Bank.

After collecting the food, Scouts delivered it to drop-off points where volunteers sorted cans and packages.

Once food arrived at drop-off points, Guard members and Yellow Freight drivers loaded it onto trucks and delivered it to food banks and pantries in Salt Lake, Ogden, and Provo. Flatbed tractor-trailers filled parking lots, and some even had to wait in line for quite a while outside food banks for their turn to be loaded or unloaded.

Yellow Freight driver Rick Thomas doesn’t like the back-up, but he does enjoy getting involved and helping out the community.

“It’s time consuming but fun,” Thomas said. 

Around 9:30 a.m. food banks started to get busy and stayed that way until 6:00 p.m. or later, and Guard members did everything from operating forklifts to weighing and tagging cases that came in.

A Utah Guard member operates a forklift at the Salt Lake Food Bank in support of the Mar. 25 Scouting for Food drive.

Photo by Spc. Sylvia Huffaker

A Utah Guard member operates a forklift at the Salt Lake

Food Bank in support of the Mar. 25 Scouting for Food drive.

“For this one day they pretty much just turn the food banks over to the Guard,” 1st Sgt. Robert Lloyd, Joint Forces Headquarters, explained. “It’s a lot of responsibility for the Guard to get everything done.”

Everyone had a job to do. Air Guard Tech. Sgt. Leland Rands, 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, volunteered to direct traffic.

“I am just doing my part,” Rands said, mirroring the attitude of other Guard members involved in supporting the community effort.

Everyone doing their part is essential “because the need continues to grow,” said Jim Pugh, Executive Director of the Utah Food Bank. He explained that the need has increased this year by 10 percent. “Scouting for Food is of vital importance,” Pugh said.

“This is a great experience,” said Army Sgt. Kenneth Potter, Delta Company, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, as he worked a pallet jack in Provo. “This is actually why I wanted to join the Guard, to help out in the community and really be a part of something.”

“It was a long and busy day. We worked a lot of hours, but everyone enjoyed it,” added Lloyd. “Although it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun. It felt good getting it done and seeing how much we contributed to the needy.”

1st Sgt. Robert Lloyd, Joint Forces Headquarters, left, directs some of the Guard support effort by phone at the Salt Lake Food Bank Mar. 25.

Photo by Spc. Sylvia Huffaker

1st Sgt. Robert Lloyd, Joint Forces Headquarters, left, directs some of the Guard support effort by phone at the Salt Lake Food Bank Mar. 25.

Boy Scouts from Troop 220, Bountiful, prepare to launch water rockets at the Scouting for Food kickoff event Mar. 23 in Sandy.

Photo by Spc. Sylvia Huffaker

Boy Scouts from Troop 220, Bountiful, prepare to launch water

rockets at the Scouting for Food kickoff event Mar. 23 in Sandy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers sort food donations at a Salt Lake drop-off location Mar. 25 for the Scouting for Food drive.

Photo by Spc. Sylvia Huffaker

Volunteers sort food donations at a Salt Lake drop-off

location Mar. 25 for the Scouting for Food drive.