Scouts dropping off food donation bags on Saturday
KINGSTON >> Bags to be filled with food donations for area pantries that serve the needy will be distributed Saturday by Boy Scouts in Ulster and Greene counties.
Bags will be collected Nov. 12 from homes as part of the annual “Scouting for Food” campaign.
More than 1,000 Scouts and more than 2,000 volunteers are expected to participate, according to a press release issued by the Rip Van Winkle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Over 28 years, the annual drive claims collection and distribution of 2.01 million items totaling 700 tons of food.
Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with nonperishable food for collection beginning 9 a.m. Nov. 12. Among the food items sought are: canned vegetables, meats, soups and fruit; pasta and cereals; and baby food. Donors are asked not to put out outdated items. More than one bag may be put out for collection.
Families that do not receive a bag this Saturday or whose bag is not collected by noon Nov. 12 should call the Rip Van Winkle Council’s service center at (845) 339-0846.
All collected food will benefit local food pantries, including The People’s Place, Salvation Army, Caring Hands, Happy to Help, Community Action, Family and 34 other church and community pantries in the two counties.
Donations made during a previous Scouting For Food drive in Ulster and Greene counties drive are boxed up for distribution to pantries.