Southeast Cubs and Scouts harvest food for needy

by: David F. Ashton Scoutmaster Tom Gustafson watches as Cleveland High School sophomore Carter Krevanko and Grant High freshman Caleb Walcott — both Boy Scouts — help sort the collected non-perishable food.

Across the nation, the first Saturday in December is an important to members of the Boy Scouts of America - it's the day they go out 'Scouting for Food' their local neighborhoods.

On December 3, Southeast Portland Boy Scout Troop 64 and Cub Scout Pack 64 teamed up to call on homes in the greater Sellwood and Westmoreland area.

'We had about 25 guys come out to help,' said Scoutmaster Tom Gustafson, as the boys unpacked and sorted the collected canned goods. 'Community service is a big part of our Troops' and Packs' activities. We try to help our younger members of the community learn the value of helping other people.'

The non-perishable food collected, Gustafson explained, is distributed in the same area to help local families, from the Holy Family Food Bank.

'It worked out really well,' the Scoutmaster added. 'By going out into our community, knocking on doors, and politely asking for food donations, they gathered 850 pounds of food for those of our neighbors who need some help.'