Scouting for Food drive is this Saturday

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When an event collects 225,000 pounds of food in a single day, it makes for a strong charitable impact.

That’s how much food was donated last year during the “Scouting for Food” drive put on annually by the Boy Scouts of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

This year’s drive, which is the 30th annual, will take place this Saturday, November 4. This past Saturday Boy Scouts from every town in Rhode Island, and some in Connecticut and Massachusetts, put door hangars on houses alerting people of the drive.

They ask that homeowners leave out bags filled with any type of food items they can, from canned goods to boxed items, early in the morning on Saturday.

The Boy Scouts do the work from there, as they will come back to the areas they left hangars at to collect the goods. They then drive the donated food items to either a central location, such as fire station, where the National Guard will collect them and deliver the goods to the food bank. Some Boy Scouts that are close to the food bank’s location, such as the Cranston scouts, will bring the goods themselves to bank, according to food bank spokesman Hugh Minor.

Among the participants in the event are CEO of the food bank Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Narragansett Boy Scouts Council Tim McCandless, representatives of Boy Scouts of America, volunteers, and, of course, participating Boy Scouts.

According to Boy Scouts spokeswoman Tori Vichroski, the annual food drive is the biggest event the Boy Scouts have all year and over the 30 years of doing it they’ve collected 8.9 millions pounds of food for the community food bank.

Minor also said that this drive is the biggest one for them each year as well. The National Guard also helps, according to Minor, and after the food is collected on Saturday the bank weighs it, processes it, and distributes it to the 155 network agencies in the area to directly serve clients.

Citizens can leave food items out Saturday morning and watch as Boy Scouts from around the area collect them and raise thousands of pounds of food for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

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