Members of the Second Penticton Scouts, girl guides and leaders at last year’s second annual Hike for Hunger. Donations are now being accepted at the Penticton Safeway. (Submitted photo)

Scouts and guides on a hike for hunger

Scouts and guides in Penticton are holding their annual Hike for Hunger foodraiser

It’s expected over 50 scouts and girl guides will be making the short trek from the Penticton Safeway store to the Salvation Army food bank the morning of March 10.

This is the third annual Hike for Hunger event and members of the public are being asked to help out by dropping off non-perishable food items in the specially marked bins at Safeway between now and then.

“On that day, at 11 o’clock, we have all the kids and leaders go down to Safeway and we fill up our backpacks and we walk along Main Street to the food bank and drop it off,” said Jacinda Pownall, Second Penticton Scouts group commissioner. “The Salvation Army has been really good to us, a lot of times they’ll give the kids a little bit of a snack and there’s always cars honking and the kids are waving back, they have quite a good time doing it.

“We also try to teach the children about charitable giving. I mean some of our kids, I wouldn’t be surprised that they weren’t on the receiving end of these gifts.”

Related: Scouts, Guides revive Hike for Hunger

Ashton Jones, a leader with the Second Penticton Cubs and a member of the Rovers, is one of those people who particularly enjoys the event.

“It’s important for the kids because it gives them a chance to see some of the issues in our community, it gives them a way to sort feel like they’re helping out and helping to make a difference,” said Jones who has had friends who needed help in the past. “For some of those people, it could be the difference between, sometimes even life or death to put food on the table to feed your family and not go hungry for a night.

“That’s kind one of the reasons why I went into scouting, so I could help make a difference in my community and to show people there are issues around and we need to help fix them and we need to get out and help do it.”

She added that it is also fun for the participants.

“Seeing the kids’ faces, getting their picture in the paper and just being out there with the flags and realizing people can see what they’re doing, it’s a great experience,” she said.

Spencer Bourke is another scouting member who has helped with the previous hikes.

“It really gives you a sense of pride being able to help out in your community by doing something to help those who are less fortunate. I think it makes kids and youth glad they are able to contribute,” he said.

Pownall added the need is especially great at this time of year because people often receive their electrical bills and may not have enough money for groceries.

“It was something our organization did in Penticton about 10 or 15 years ago and then it stopped for whatever reason. We just thought we would bring it back because there is definitely a need this day and age, as I’m sure there always has been,” said Pownall. “We’re just trying to make it better than it was, and get more food to help hungry people.”

Just Posted

Two vehicle incident stalls traffic

Accident on Winnipeg Street and Eckhardt Avenue

Stolen Kelowna vehicle located in Penticton, driver facing numerous charges

The accused attempted to flee from police, ramming fences and police vehicles in the process

Rikhi family donates $60,000 to Penticton Regional Hospital expansion

Donation made in memory of Raksha Rikhi, a nurse from Summerland

Bobsleigh on display in Summerland

Used sleigh set up in honour of Olympic gold medal athlete Justin Kripps

Okanagan player earns nod as BC Hockey League Player of the Month

James Miller was named BC Hockey League Player of the Month for November.

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

Women charged with stealing money from Okanagan hospice return to court

Susan Steen and Melanie Gray are charged with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

A vehicle incident has closed Highway 1 in both directions

B.C. judge grants $10M bail for Huawei executive wanted by U.S.

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Cain Franson of Sicamous a USports All-Star once again

Franson will play against Canadian Junior team prospects in Victoria

Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws and coffin sleigh part of B.C. couple’s holiday display

Chilliwack couple decorates their house for the holidays using Nightmare Before Christmas theme

First Nation sues Alberta, says oilsands project threatens sacred site

Prosper Petroleum’s $440-million, 10,000-barrel-a-day plans have been vigorously opposed by Fort McKay

Most Read