One of the positive undertakings for the local community each year is the annual Scouting for Food program, a joint service project of the Boy Scouts and the Kiwanis Club of Dalton that has been in existence since the late 1980s. The effort seeks to replenish the food center of the Salvation Army and other area food banks, a truly noble cause.
Unfortunately, this year on the day that scouts were to collect food donations from area residents, snow became a factor. Donations were down because of the winter storm that brought several inches of snow to the area Saturday morning when the scouts were to pick up food from homes in Whitfield and Murray counties.
"This annual food drive is very important to our food center each year and is a significant source of our food that is provided to persons in need," said Capt. Arnaldo Pena of the Salvation Army in Dalton. "Our requests for food assistance does not diminish and is an ongoing service month after month for persons in need. We are so grateful for this community effort that helps us to help so many others. The food is distributed for free to those persons and families needing assistance."
Happily, area residents can still help. if you have food that you intended to donate that was not picked up because of the weather, or want to donate additional food, please consider dropping it by the Salvation Army at 1109 N. Thornton Ave. during business hours. You can also make a financial donation on the Salvation Army's website (https://salvationarmygeorgia.org/dalton/) or volunteer to pack food boxes.
"All households are encouraged to participate in the food drive, even if they have to drop off their food in a paper sack directly at the Salvation Army food center sometime after collection day on Feb. 8," said Barnett Chitwood, the coordinator for Scouting for Food for the scouts.
The Salvation Army asks that perishable items, frozen items or anything in glass containers not be donated. Residents are also asked to review expiration dates and donate only items that are still viable.
This can still be another successful year for the Scouting for Food program if area residents will make the effort to get the Salvation Army the food it needs despite Saturday's snow. Think of all the precious people you will be helping with your selfless act.