Potosi Cub Pack 160 sponsored by Potosi Elks Lodge 2218 and Boy Scout Troop 480 sponsored by Potosi Southern Baptist Church, need your help- and so do thousands of hungry people across the area.

Local Scouts are participating in the annual “Scouting For Food” drive again this Fall. The 2019 Food Drive takes place on two consecutive Saturdays: November 9th, Scouts place plastic bags at doorsteps throughout the Potosi Community after 10 A.M. Scouts will return to pick up the filled bags starting about 10 A.M Saturday, November 16th. Any bags missed can be donated directly to the pantry. Food donated locally will be distributed through relief pantries in our area. (Life Church and St. Vincent de Paul at St. James, Potosi).

This  year the Scouts hope to match or better the success of last year’s food drive which resulted in more than 2.1  million cans of food collected in the St. Louis District over the years Scouts have collected 57 million cans of food. Again this year the food pantries are looking for protein rich food such as canned tuna, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned ravioli, soup, beef stew, etc. Nothing perishable or in glass containers- Canned goods, plastic or boxes only, please.

Non-perishable food products are what is to be collected. Canned goods, especially those with meat are very much appreciated  but any canned goods such as fruits, vegetables, etc. are also very much appreciated. Boxed food products are also greatly appreciated. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OLD, DENTED, RUSTED OR DAMAGED CANNED GOODS AND ALSO NO GLASS PRODUCTS.

Your help is desperately needed. Please be sure to look for your “Scouting For Food” bag left on Saturday, November 9th and fill it with any canned food items you can donate. Scouts will collect the donations from your doorstep Saturday, November 16th. Please leave them outside your front door.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

During the 2018 Scouting For Food Drive, St. Louis Area Scouts collected over 1.9 million cans of food- essentially the same as the previous year’s drive.

BACKGROUND- Scouting For Food is the BSA’s largest one-day food drive, raising 15 percent of area food pantry’s yearly supply and feeding the hungry in the community for three months.

The campaign is launched on “Bag Distribution Day” when Boy Scouts distribute plastic bags to residences. The Scouts return to residences on the following week, “Bag Collection Day,” to retrieve the bags filled with donated non-perishable items.