Scouting For Food ENDS SATURDAY NOT GOING DOOR TO DOOR THIS YEAR
The local Boy Scouts began collecting food for food pantries with their ‘Scouting For Food’ program that began on Saturday, Nov. 14th. The Scouts are not going door to door this year due to the pandemic and health concerns. The Scouts took a different approach and set up ‘Donation Stations’ at Potosi Save-A-Lot and Walmart on Saturday. The weather was terrible and the Scouts tried to dodge the rain drops as they received food items from the public. They typically drop off bags on one Saturday and pick them up on the next. This coming Saturday, Nov. 21st, the Scouts will again be at the parking lots to collect from 10 a.m. to 12 noon before going to the pantries.
Potosi Cub Pack 160 and Boy Scout Troop 480 need your help - and so do thousands of hungry people across the area.
Local Scouts are participating in the annual “Scouting For Food” drive again this Fall. The 2020 Food Drive began on Saturday, Nov. 14th and ends on Saturday, Nov. 21st.
This year is different as the Scouts are not going door to door with bags, but are setting up ‘Donation Stations’ on the parking lots of Potosi Save-A-Lot and Walmart.
This Saturday, Nov. 21st, the collection will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Food donated locally will be distributed through relief pantries in our area. (Life Church and St. Vincent de Paul at St. James, Potosi).
This year the Scouts hope to match or better the success of last year’s food drive which resulted in more than 1.9 million cans of food collected in the St. Louis District over the years Scouts have collected 59 million cans of food. Again this year the food pantries are looking for protein rich food such as canned tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned ravioli, soup, beef stew, etc. Nothing perishable or in glass containers- Canned goods, plastic or boxes only, please.
Non-perishable food products are what is to be collected. Canned goods, especially those with meat are very much appreciated but any canned goods such as fruits, vegetables, etc. are also very much appreciated. Boxed food products are also greatly appreciated. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OLD, DENTED, RUSTED OR DAMAGED CANNED GOODS AND ALSO NO GLASS PRODUCTS.
Your help is desperately needed. Please take the time to make a donation to support area families. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
During the 2019 Scouting For Food Drive, St. Louis Area Scouts collected nearly 2 million cans of food - essentially the same as the previous year’s drive.
Scouting For Food is the BSA’s largest one-day food drive, raising 15 percent of area food pantry’s yearly supply and feeding the hungry in the community for three months.
The campaign is launched on “Bag Distribution Day” when Boy Scouts typically distribute plastic bags to residences. The Scouts return to residences on the following week, “Bag Collection Day,” to retrieve the bags filled with donated non-perishable items.
This year has forced an alternative plan to the tradition. The hope by the Scouts is that next year, they’ll be back hanging bags on your door knob and collecting stocked bags for those in need.
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