Scouting For Food drive Saturday
The annual "Scouting for Food" drive begins this week. Scouts with the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America will distribute door hangers to local residences.
Starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15, scouts will go door-to-door collecting the non-perishable food, such as canned food or boxed macaroni and cheese, to help feed the area's homeless or less fortunate. Citizens are asked to put their donations of food on their doorsteps.
This year's goal for the Grand Teton Council is to collect 750,000-plus items of food that will feed an estimated 133,000 people who are homeless or less fortunate.
Scout unit 276 will be accepting donations at Ridley's and Kesler's from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.
All donations in the Blackfoot area will be taken to the Blackfoot Community Food Pantry. The Shelley Food Pantry will benefit from these donations from the northern end of Bingham County.
Blackfoot Community Food Pantry Director Ronda Cheatham said, "Scouting for Food provides the build of canned food for the year. It's a big part of our food provision."
The SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) will also benefit from this food drive, but the canned food will be taken to the Food Pantry for distribution.
If a donation has been missed being picked up, it may be dropped off at the Boy Scout office at 205 S. Meridian in Blackfoot or at the Blackfoot Community Food Pantry, 245 W. Sexton in Blackfoot.
Scouting for Food involves several hundred Scouts in every community. In Southeast Idaho, Scouting for Food is one of the yearly service projects that every unit plans on performing for the good of the community.