Scouting for Food collection for CROSS tops 10,000 pounds

Boy Scouts (left to right) Jake Ryan, Jerod Gordon, Benjamin Gordon, Collin Day, Tyler Hamilton, Gabriel Brenden, along with Assistant Scoutmaster Julie Ryan finish delivering donated food to CROSS Services in Rogers during the annual Scouting for Food April 25. (Photo provided by Julie Ryan)
Boy Scouts (left to right) Jake Ryan, Jerod Gordon, Benjamin Gordon, Collin Day, Tyler Hamilton, Gabriel Brenden, along with Assistant Scoutmaster Julie Ryan finish delivering donated food to CROSS Services in Rogers during the annual Scouting for Food April 25. (Photo provided by Julie Ryan)

Scouts throughout the CROSS communities of Maple Grove, Rogers, Dayton, Osseo, Corcoran and Champlin collected 10,447 pounds of donated food during their annual Scouting for Food event on April 25.

Cub Scouts Joe Macke and Ozric Morehead collect donated food for CROSS Services during the annual Scouting for Food collection April 25. (Photo provided by Julie Ryan)
Cub Scouts Joe Macke and Ozric Morehead collect donated food for CROSS Services during the annual Scouting for Food collection April 25. (Photo provided by Julie Ryan)

Scouting for Food is a yearly food collection in which Cub and Boy Scouts distribute bags to homes across the local community at the beginning of April, and return to pick up the bags filled with food on a designated date. The food was donated to help families in need visiting CROSS.

The CROSS Food Shelf program provides a 10-15 day supply of food each month for families visiting CROSS. Food consists of bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, frozen meat, and shelf stable food.

Boy Scouts Benjamin Gordon, Jerod Gordon, Jake Ryan, Gabriel Brenden, Collin Day, and Tyler Hamilton stand alongside the 10,447 pounds of food donated by local communities during the annual Scouting for Food collection April 25. (Photo provided by Julie Ryan)
Boy Scouts Benjamin Gordon, Jerod Gordon, Jake Ryan, Gabriel Brenden, Collin Day, and Tyler Hamilton stand alongside the 10,447 pounds of food donated by local communities during the annual Scouting for Food collection April 25. (Photo provided by Julie Ryan)

Each year, CROSS serves approximately 1,900 families. Over the last two years, an additional 500 new families visited the CROSS Food Shelf.

For more information on CROSS programs, volunteering, or donating, visit www.CROSSservices.org or call 763-425-1050.