Scouts drop­ping off food do­na­tion bags on Satur­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - Free­man staff

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.

DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

Do­na­tions made dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Scout­ing For Food drive in Ul­ster and Greene coun­ties drive are boxed up for dis­tri­bu­tion to pantries.

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