Boy Scouts collecting donated food Saturday
KINGSTON >> Boy Scouts in Ulster and Greene counties on Saturday will collect food donations for area pantries that serve the needy.
Bags were distributed to residences last weekend as part of the annual “Scouting for Food” campaign.
More than 1,000 Scouts in the Rip Van Winkle Council and more than 2,000 volunteers are expected to participate, according to a press release issued by the council. Over 28 years, the annual drive claims collection and distribution of about 2 million items totaling 700 tons.
Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with nonperishable food for collection beginning 9 a.m. Saturday. 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 Donors are asked not to put out outdated items.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.
Homes that did not receive a bag last weekend or whose bag is not collected by noon Saturday 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.