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Scouting For Food Collects 1.99 Million Items Of Food For Those In Need

December 01, 2017

The Boy Scouts’ 33rd annual Scouting For Food drive brought in 1.98 million items of food on collection day on Nov. 18. 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 in the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

This year’s Scouting For Food drive will provide more than 575,000 meals for those in need. All food donations stay local as it is distributed to a network of more than 500 food pantries and food banks throughout the region.

“On behalf of the thousands of Scouts and volunteers, thank you to everyone who generously contributed to Scouting For Food,” said Ronald Green, Scout Executive/CEO of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. “Seeing the community come together for an important event like this is truly amazing.”

Started in 1985 by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Scouting For Food has grown to become the largest single-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Over the program’s 33-year history, Scouts have collected nearly 57 million items of food.

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

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