Scouting for Food drive is Saturday

Mar 23 2011 - 10:31pm

OGDEN -- Utah's 25th annual Scouting for Food drive will be held Saturday to help stock the shelves of Catholic Community Services' Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, Utah Food Bank and emergency food pantries statewide.

Food drive donations received through Scouting for Food are imperative as the holiday donations supply dwindles and the spring months progress, the food bank announced in a news release. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will deliver Scouting for Food bags to Utah homes this week. Residents of each home are encouraged to fill the bag with commercially packaged, nonperishable food items, and leave the bag on the doorstep by 9 a.m. Saturday. That morning, Boy Scouts will go door to door collecting the filled bags with help from the Utah National Guard.

"There are many folks that come to us at Catholic Community Services that most people in the community would be surprised to see at our food bank," said Marcie Valdez, director of CCS Northern Utah. "Recently, we have seen hundreds of new families coming to our food bank each month. Without the support of the community and partner agencies, we will not be able to meet this increasing demand."

Last year, the Scouting for Food drive generated approximately 800,000 pounds of food for Utah's emergency food network.

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