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Scouting for Food pickup is this Saturday

Local Boy Scouts sort food donations during last year’s Scouting for Food drive. Photo courtesy of BSA
Local Boy Scouts sort food donations during last year’s Scouting for Food drive. Photo courtesy of BSA.
Scouting for Food pickup is this Saturday

 

Linda Petersen

Staff writer

3-16-2017

 

Sanpete County Boy Scouts will be out in force on Saturday for the Scouting for Food drive.

The need is dire, according to  Shelly Wise with the Sanpete Pantry. “Scouting for Food normally brings in about 18,000 pounds, but last year, for some reason, only 11,000 pounds was collected,” she said.

Scouts will go door to door between 8 a.m. and noon. You should have your donation out on your porch or in an easy-to-see area before 8.

But don’t worry if  you can’t be home or if you forget the Scouts are coming. To ensure no one who wants to donate is missed, the Scouts have set up drop-off points in five communities during those same hours:

  • Indianola on the west side of the fire station
  • Fairview LDS Ward, 122 S. State St.
  • Mt. Pleasant Stake Center, 461 N. 300 W.
  • Ephraim Scout Service Center, 45 E. 400 S.
  • Gunnison Stake Center (trailer parked on north side), 80 West Center

Scouts delivered more than 11,000 flyers to homes in the county last Saturday containing information about what to donate.

Wise said the pantry could particularly use canned mixed vegetables, canned fruit, tuna and any kind of baking items.

Other good items to donate include canned meats and stews, soups, peanut butter, packed meals, pasta and rice, canned and dried beans,fruit and vegetable juices, baby food,  cereal and formula (must be within code date).

The pantry feeds 250 to 300 families each month. The organization also feeds 325 low-income elementary school children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekend each month through its Kids Pack program.

Most elementary schools in the county participate in the program. Items needed for Kids Packs include individually wrapped instant oatmeal, cold cereal or pop tarts, milk, juice and easy-to-prepare packaged foods such as ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, Chef Boy-R-Dee meals, pudding, granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers and cookies.

Wise also said the pantry is always in need of volunteers. If you would like to help call Angie at the pantry at 462-3006.