Scouting for Food begins Saturday

Scouting for Food begins Saturday

PROVIDENCE - The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America is gearing up for its annual "Scouting for Food" drive. On Saturday, thousands of Scouts from across the state will be distributing door hangers to neighbors' homes asking for donations of nutritional, non-perishable canned goods. Donation pick-ups will take place the following Saturday, Nov. 1 starting at 9 a.m., and will be delivered to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

More than 200 different Scouting Packs and Troops will participate in the drive, collecting canned goods from families and individuals throughout Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Connecticut.

"This annual event is an opportunity for the Boy Scouts as well as their communities to help those in need," said Joe DeStefano, volunteer coordinator for the annual Scouting for Food drive. "It gives Scouts the chance to learn first-hand the impact that community service can have, while bringing people together in the spirit of generosity."

With the need for food assistance nearly doubling over the last five years, the Food Bank is looking forward to a successful collection.

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, The Valley Breeze, WPRI-12 News, Fox Providence, the Rhode Island National Guard, and area fire stations.