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Help Boy Scouts Do A Good Turn During Scouting For Food

November 13, 2017

Over one million Scouting For Food bags were delivered last weekend. Now the Boy Scouts and MERS Missouri Goodwill, 2017 Scouting For Food sponsor, are asking residents to leave the bags filled with canned goods on their doorsteps on Saturday, Nov. 18 by 9 a.m. for pickup.

Scouting For Food is the Boy Scouts’ annual service project. Each year, the project collects about 2 million food items making it the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Last year, Scouting For Food collected a record 2,249,000 items of food. This was enough to provide 590,000 meals for those in need.

When it comes to donations, canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna, chicken, and pasta sauce, and meals in a box, such as hamburger helper, are most needed.

“We appreciate the support Scouting For Food continues to receive because we know there are many people in need right here in our own community,” said Ronald Green, Scout Executive/CEO of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. “It is a tradition we are proud to continue year after year. Scouts learn the importance of giving back while helping to make a positive impact in our region.”

Food donations in the St. Louis area are picked up by Scouts and taken to local fire stations where it is sorted and boxed. Sunset Transportation, Inc., provides vehicles, equipment, and volunteer drivers to then transport the donations to the St. Louis Area FoodBank. In communities outside St. Louis, Scouts deliver donations directly to local food pantries.

Locally, 1 in 6 people are food insecure according to the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Of the 43,000 people it feeds each week, children make up the largest segment of individuals receiving assistance from the Foodbank at 31 percent.

Residents whose bags are missed Saturday can call 800-392-0895 in Missouri and 618-234-9111 in Illinois. Residents who did not receive a bag can take canned food donations to any Goodwill store location Nov. 19-25.

About the Greater St. Louis Area Council
A United Way agency, the Greater St. Louis Area Council provides youth with character development programs and values-based leadership training. The council, one of the largest in the Boy Scouts of America, has more than 66,000 members and nearly 15,000 adult volunteers. They come from 51 different counties in the Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metropolitan areas. For more information, visit stlbsa.org.

About MERS Goodwill
MERS Goodwill changes lives through the power of work. Its vision is a community where each individual has the opportunity to learn, work, and achieve their greatest potential. Annually serving more than 60,000 individuals, the non-profit agency operates in 75 locations serving 89 counties in the bi-state area. Revenues from 44 Goodwill stores assist with funding MERS Goodwill job training and employment services. MERS Goodwill is a proud member of the United Way. For more information about MERS Goodwill or to find a Goodwill donation center near you, call (314) 241-3464 or visit www.mersgoodwill.org.

About St. Louis Area Foodbank
The St. Louis Area Foodbank began its service to the community in 1975. Since that time, the organization has grown to become the bi-state region’s largest nonprofit 501(c)(3) food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. Through a network of nearly 500 partner agencies in 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois, the Foodbank distributes over 42 million pounds of food and personal care items annually. More than 392,000 people in the bi-state region rely on the Foodbank for assistance each year.  For more information on the organization and the issue of hunger, please visit STLFoodbank.org.