'Scouting for Food' coming to your door this weekend

'Scouting for Food' coming to your door this weekend

EAST PROVIDENCE - The goal for the 26th annual Scouting for Food Drive is to exceed 100 tons of food, the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America announced.

Boy Scouts will be on the move throughout the state during the next couple of weekends, collecting non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries. Scouts will drop off plastic donation bags at houses on Saturday, Oct. 26, and then return to collect the bags of donated foods on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Last year the drive collected more than 200,000 pounds of food. Since the drive's inception in 1988, Scouts have collected more than 8 million pounds of food for those in need.

Donors are encouraged to fill their bags with the food bank's most needed items: Canned soup, tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, nuts, canned fruits and vegetables including juices and tomato sauce; nutritious breakfast cereals, whole wheat rice and pasta, crackers, granola bars, cheese and crackers packs, canned or dried beans.

"We depend on the Boy Scouts every year to bring in hundreds of thousands of pounds of food," said Andrew Schiff, chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. "This can only happen with the participation of the communities in which they live. We hope everyone will put an extra can or box of healthy food in the Scouting for Food bag this year. Families across our state are counting on you. We are immensely grateful to the Scouts for this incredible effort."