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The largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America took place on Nov. 17 as thousands of Scouts throughout the St. Louis metro area, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois canvassed neighborhoods collecting Scouting For Food donations. The drive accumulated 1,985,026 items of food that will stock local food pantry shelves just in time for the holidays.

Scouting For Food collection day (Nov. 17) brought in 1,970,766 food items. Residents continued to donate food the following week at MERS Missouri Goodwill locations, 2018 Scouting For Food title sponsor, to bring the collection total up to 1,985,026. READ MORE>>>


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Scouting For Food Fact Sheet


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.

SFF CollectionMore 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.

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What kind of food donations are needed? Read our suggestions on the “Perfect Bag.”