By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
Boy Scout Troop 411 spent Monday evening helping those in need at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.
Scouts in grades 6 through 10 formed an assembly line and packed 100 bags full of non-perishable food as part of the food bank’s weekend backpack program.
The program provides nutritious food to students who may not have access to adequate food at home.
Assistant Scout Master Daniel Blea said the troop does a wide variety of service projects, whether large or small.
“They’ve done everything from helping pick up trash to cleaning up a boy scout camp,” he said.
According to Dianna Hernandez, marketing specialist for the food bank, 505 students in 24 schools throughout Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Guadalupe counties received backpacks as of the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Students are handpicked by school employees to receive the bundles of food, which are discreetly placed in their backpacks each Friday.
Hernandez said members of the Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Church of Latter Day Saints and airmen from Cannon Air Force Base routinely volunteer to put together the food bundles.
“The biggest thing is giving back to the community and learning how to serve and help out,” Blea said of the scouts’ volunteer work. “A lot of them have that servant heart. Kids at that age want to help out.”