SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- 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 sff.stlbsa.org.