Scouts go door-to-door collecting cans for the hungry

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Boy scouts across the nation went door-to-door Saturday, collecting boxed foods and canned goods for their Scout For Food program.

Assistant scout executive Chris Otto and a group of boy scouts hit the Harlow Road neighborhood to collect cans and contribute to the Boy Scouts of America’s effort. Each year Scouting For Food brings in thousands of pounds of canned and boxed foods for hungry families.

Otto says it's a great opportunity for the boys to participate in community outreach and service.

“It's amazing how exciting the scouts are when they get to come out and do this, but even better is the generosity of the community... They're stepping up. And every door they knock on if they're home they're giving us food,” said Otto.

Otto said his group, Pack 175, collected around 800 pounds of food in three hours. He thinks around 30,000 pounds were donated to the Boy Scouts of America in total.