Soldiers march more than 20 miles to support local food banks

Credit: Bonnie Shelton / KTVB

A group of soldiers marches in the fog early Wednesday morning. The group is preparing to collect food for both the Meridian and Idaho food banks.

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 5:03 PM

BOISE -- The U.S. Army is holding an unusual food drive on Wednesday. The Heroes for Hunger Road March will cover more than 20 miles, and 10 soldiers will collect donated food along the way.

The group collected around 1,000 pounds of food for two food banks. A number of local high schools helped them reach and exceed the goal of 600 pounds of food.

The soldiers, who are all based in Boise, are carrying the donated food in their rucksacks. Organizers say they planned the event to honor students who collect food donations for local groups every year.

"These high school students, they do a lot in the community and it goes unnoticed so I figured I could do a spin to where we can help get them recognized for their efforts," said SSG Chris Davis.

The march started at 6:30 a.m. at Kuna High School. That's where the group accepted its first canned food donation.

Participants are expected to head to Mountain View High School, Centennial High School, and Meridian High School where they'll collect more donations.

The march reached the Meridian Food Bank around 2:30 p.m, covering more than 20 miles in about eight hours. The Meridian Food Bank said the donation will be split in half bewteen them and the Kuna Food Bank.

The soldiers have already said that they are planning to this again next year.

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