Boy Scouts col­lect­ing do­nated food Satur­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

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.

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