BOISE, Idaho -- The U.S. Army held an unusual food drive on Wednesday. The Heroes for Hunger Road March was set to cover more than 20 miles, and 10 soldiers will collect donated food along the way.
The group hoped to collect around 600 pounds of food for two food banks. A number of local high schools were helping them reach that goal.
The soldiers, who are all based in Boise, carried the donated food in their rucksacks. Organizers said 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 were expected to head to Mountain View High School, Centennial High School, and Meridian High School where they would collect more donations.
The march was scheduled to end at the Meridian Food Bank around 2:30 p.m. where some of the collected food wouldl be donated. The rest benefits the Kuna Food Bank.