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Annual Scouting For Food Drive Collects 1,985,026 Donations

November 17, 2018

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.

“We are grateful for another generous Scouting For Food collection,” said Ronald Green, Scout Executive/CEO of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. “These efforts would not be possible without the entire community stepping up to help those in need. The generosity and commitment to our community are what make this region a great place to live and work.”

In the St. Louis area, Sunset Transportation provided vehicles, equipment, and volunteer drivers to transport food 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 delivered donations directly to local food pantries.

This year’s campaign, also sponsored by Great Clips and Raising Cane’s, marks the Boy Scouts’ 34th annual Scouting For Food drive. For more information, 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