Scouting for Food
Scouts Collect Record Food Items In 2016 To Help Feed the Hungry
The Boy Scouts’ 32nd annual Scouting For Food drive pulled in 2.19 million items of food on collection day on Nov. 19. However, the community had the opportunity to donate additional canned goods the following week at area MERS Missouri Goodwill stores. The extra donations pushed the final count to 2,249,012 items of food making it the largest Scouting For Food collection ever recorded at the Greater St. Louis Area Council. READ MORE
*2016 Scouting For Food patches are sold out.
It takes a great deal of community support, planning, cooperation, dedication and volunteers to make Scouting for Food the largest single-day community food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Started in 1985 by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Scouting for Food has expanded to other councils across the country.
More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers annually help the needy as they collect approximately 2 million cans of food during the Scouting for Food drive. The Greater St. Louis Area Council has collected more than 55 million cans of food during the 32-year history of the drive.
Items collected serve approximately 500 pantries within the Greater St. Louis Area Council, which includes the St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri, and southern Illinois.
Scouts in the St. Louis area take donations to fire stations where it is sorted and boxed. Sunset Transportation Inc. of Sunset Hills provides trucks, equipment and volunteer drivers. It also coordinates all logistics for the food collection, which involves transporting boxed food from more than 40 area fire stations to the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The Foodbank distributes the canned goods through a network of more than 500 area food pantries.
What kind of food donations are needed? Read our suggestions on the “Perfect Bag.”