Released 6 August 2010
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2010 National Scout Jamboree Donates Meals to The Salvation Army of Central Virginia
During the course of the recently wrapped-up 2010 National Scout Jamboree, thousands of meals were donated to the Richmond Salvation Army, as part of the Boys Scouts' "Good Turn for America" (GTFA) initiative.
These meals, between 2,000-3,000 per day, were distributed by The Salvation Army's Emergency Shelter program, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, and The Salvation Army's Social Services program.
GTFA is a national call to service by the Boys Scouts of America that helps provide adequate food and shelter and to develop good health habits by collaborating with several organizations, including The Salvation Army. Since its inception in 2004, more than 2.1 million individuals, scouts and non-scouts, have participated in "Good Turn for America".
"We are thrilled that the 2010 National Scout Jamboree reached out to The Salvation Army and donated food to those in need during their event," said Jeff Baldwin, The Salvation Army's Public Relations Director.
"These meals provided nourishment to thousands of individuals in Central Virginia."
"Doing a good turn daily has been a part of scouting for over 100 years, and giving back to the communities that have given so much to us is an honor and a privilege," said Chip Clardy, Jamboree GTFA Chairman.
Ryder Truck of Fredericksburg graciously donated the use of a van to transport these meals from the National Scout Jamboree to The Salvation Army's facility in downtown Richmond.
About the National Scout Jamboree
Since 1937, the National Scout Jamboree has provided unforgettable experiences for more than 650,000 Scouts and adult leaders. More than 3.1 million youth are members of the Boy Scouts of America. More information on the 2010 National Scout Jamboree is available at www.bsajamboree.org.