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Scouting For Food Collects 1.99 Million Items Of Food in 2017

Not even plummeting temperatures or driving rain could dampen spirits as Scouts in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America collected 1,978,195 food items on Nov. 18, 2017 during the 33rd annual Scouting For Food drive. MERS Missouri Goodwill, Scouting For Food sponsor, continued to collect donations the following week pushing the grand total to 1,989,734 items of food.

The 2017 Scouting For Food drive will provide more than 575,000 meals for those in need. READ MORE

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.

Scouting for Food bag


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