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Food to serve more than 3,460 meals was collected by local Boy Scout units across 11 counties, including Hamilton, Catoosa, Walker, Dade, Marion, Grundy, Bradley, Polk, Rhea, Bledsoe and Sequatchie.

To help alleviate hunger in the community, "Scouting for Food" is an annual collection of nonperishable food items coordinated across the counties served by the Cherokee Area Council. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank will deliver goods to various food pantries across the community. Those pantries will distribute the food to thousands of individuals or families in need.

"We are deeply grateful for the nourishing meals that Scouting for Food will be able to provide families in need in our community," said Melissa Blevins, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. "In serving their community, the local Scouts are helping us provide food — and hope— to those neighbors in our community who are struggling and seeking food assistance."

Jared Pickens, Scout executive, CEO

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