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Canned food drive set for Nov. 12

Saturday morning, Boy Scouts from throughout Selma and Dallas County will be out in full force to collect canned foods as part of their annual drive to fight hunger.

Throughout the morning, scouts will sweep through neighborhoods collecting the canned goods, which participants are asked to place in shopping bags by their mailboxes by 9 a.m.

The drive, District Executive Leith Wilson said, is part of the troop’s community service project.

“This is an annual project, and we have had a pretty good response in the past,” he said. “Hopefully it will be good again this year.”

The canned goods will be turned in at the Salvation Army office on Franklin Street from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wilson said the program is important in the Black Belt because there are so many people in need.

“It really helps the Salvation Army be able to put together food baskets and things during the holidays,” he said.

“Also, it helps them with the food pantry and other items they can give out throughout the year.”

The scouts in the district serve Dallas, Perry and Wilcox counties.

Wilson said all food collected will be distributed within those communities.

Those who wish to participate is asked to place only non-perishables in the bags.

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