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Donate To Scouting For Food And Make The Holidays Brighter For Those In Need

November 06, 2018

For many, November begins a holiday season of counting one’s blessings and giving back to those less fortunate. The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is preparing to give back during its largest service project of the year- Scouting For Food. This year’s campaign, supported by title sponsor MERS Missouri Goodwill as well as Great Clips and Raising Cane’s, marks the Boy Scouts’ 34th annual Scouting For Food drive.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, thousands of Scouts will deliver more than 1 million blue Scouting For Food bags throughout the St. Louis metro area, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois. They will return one week later on Nov. 17 to collect the bags full of donated canned goods.

By giving to Scouting For Food, residents are helping those in need right in their own community. With the help of Sunset Transportation, food donations in the St. Louis area are delivered to the St. Louis Area Foodbank for further distribution to over 500 hunger-relief programs and local agencies in the bi-state area. In southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, Scouts take donations directly to local food pantries.

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. Last year, Scouting For Food gathered 1.9 million items of food which provided more than 1 million meals for the needy.

Residents who do not receive a bag can take canned food donations to any Goodwill store location Nov. 18-24. For more information about Scouting For Food, visit

About the Greater St. Louis Area Council
The Greater St. Louis Area Council, a United Way agency, provides youth with character development programs and values-based leadership training. The council, one of the largest in the nation, has more than 66,700 members and nearly 15,000 adult volunteers. They come from 51 different counties in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan area. For more information, visit

About MERS Missouri Goodwill Industries
Celebrating 100 years, 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 50,000 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