The Wilkes District of the Boy Scouts of America collected about 7,300 pounds of non-perishable food during the annual Scouting for Food drive on Saturday.

Cub Scout packs collected food donations at local supermarkets and older Scouts in troops went door to door in residential areas collecting on a chilly day with snow flakes swirling around.

The volunteers brought what they collected to Wilkes Steel in North Wilkesboro, where it was weighed and divided between Wilkes Ministry of h.o.p.e., Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, Unified City Church, New Damascus Baptist Church and Shepherds Home to feed people in need through their respective food pantry programs. Hotdogs were cooked and served there also.

Wilkes District spokesman Will Bishop said the amount collected surpassed the prior year’s total. Brenda Sales was coordinator of this year's effort.

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