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Scouting for Food campaign begins Saturday

By Travis DeNeal
updated: 11/8/2019 3:59 PM

SALINE COUNTY -- Keep an eye out for a bright blue bag at your door.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Scouts will be delivering the highly visible blue Scouting for Food bags to homes in the area.

They join thousands of Scouts making the deliveries throughout southern Illinois, along with the St. Louis metro area and southeast Missouri.

They will return one week later on Nov. 16 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 more than 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.

Residents who do not receive a bag can take canned food donations to any Goodwill store location Nov. 17-24.

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