Scouts will pick up food donations this Saturday

Scouts will pick up food donations this Saturday

Boy Scouts throughout Rhode Island dropped off bags last Saturday for its annual Scouting for Food collection. This Saturday, Nov. 2, Scouts will be back to pick up bags filled with non-perishable foods, and are hoping for a high level of participation.

Residents are urged to purchase donations and place them in bags, returning those bags to where they were dropped off a week earlier. The collection will help fill the shelves of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The goal for the drive this year is to exceed 100 tons of food.

The most needed items for Saturday's pick-up are:

* Protein, including canned soup, tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, and nuts;

* Canned fruits and vegetables including juices and tomato juice;

* Carbohydrates including nutritious breakfast cereals, whole wheat pasta and rice;

* Crackers, granola bars, and cheese and cracker packages;

* Canned or dried beans.

Those who do not have food picked up, or did not receive a bag last week, may bring food donations to any Walgreen's drug store the week following the drive or bring your donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank any week day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Scouting for Food, the largest food drive in New England, is a cooperative effort supported by the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, WPRI Channel 12, FOX Providence, the Rhode Island Army National Guard, Walgreens, The Valley Breeze and local fire stations.