Boy Scouts, their siblings, and their leaders, Spencer Wiklund, third from right, and Dan Cusick, back left, of BSA Troop 220 pose for the camera after unloading a successful food drive at the Key Peninsula Community Services Food Bank Saturday, Nov 14. Photo by Hugh McMillan, KP News

On Nov. 14, Scouts from Key Peninsula Lions-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 220 unloaded a large supply of food at the KP Community Services food bank. Preceding the delivery, Scouts took to the streets of KP neighborhoods in search of food. They knocked on doors and left containers requesting folks to fill them with nonperishable food items for collection on this day. “Our scouts collected over 2200 items for the food bank,”said Scoutmaster Spencer Wiklund. He said the Scouts braved the rain by putting out more than 1000 bags that were picked up this Saturday.

“The boys like to make a game of it to see who can return to the vehicles with the most full bags. It is great to see such scouting spirit as they run along from house to house,”Wiklund said.

Assisting in the operation were several Scout parents and family members. Three young ladies, a third-grader from Evergreen Elementary, and a fourth-and fifth-grader from Minter Creek Elementary Schools did whatever was asked of them to facilitate the operation’s success.

Asked what they thought of the adventure, as if a well-trained trio, they chorussed, “It’s been fun and it feels good to know we’re doing good.”

“I love counting up the cans to see how many we collected this year,” said Scout Alexander Wiklund.

The last several years this food drive has been organized by Shirley Crane but this year she handed off the reigns to Christianne Panda Burch, Spencer Wiklund said.

As the Scouts were finishing up, Panda Burch said, “I think we should do this again in the springtime when the food banks are low.”

Look for Troop 220 Scouts in new areas sometime in the February/March time frame. “The search for food will continue,”said Scoutmaster Wiklund.

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