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Published: Sun, November 13, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'Scouting for Food' Saturday, November 19th

'Scouting for Food' Saturday, November 19th

The project, one of the largest food drives in the region, collects more than 200,000 cans of food annually.

The largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts throughout St. Louis, southeast Missouri, and southern IL collect approximately 2 million donated food items during Scouting For Food. Some local organizations benefiting from Scouting for Food are the Outreach Center at St. John's Church (Sister Helen's Food Pantry), the Salvation Army, Raymond Community Church, Emmanuel United Methodist Church and others. Over 28 years, the annual drive claims collection and distribution of 2.01 million items totaling 700 tons of food. "We appreciate the community's generosity year after year".

According to The Idaho Foodbank, an estimated 240,000 food-insecure people - people who don't know where their next meal is coming from - live in Idaho. "So in a sense when the Scouts are out collecting food it's kids actually feeding kids". The bags have instructions and suggested food items to be donated. Scouting For Food also helps make the holidays a little brighter for families in need.

The Scouts will return the following Saturday November 19, to collect the food.

Scouting for Food is the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America's premier service project.

Canned good donations in the St. Louis area are picked up by Scouts and taken to local fire stations where it is sorted and boxed.

Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with nonperishable food for collection beginning 9 a.m. November 12.

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