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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – After a full day collecting bags
of donated food, Scouting For Food has yielded 2,147,027 items
of food so far and there is still time for the community to contribute more. People
can drop off donations at any Regions Bank location Nov.
18-22. This year's collection is the highest since 2008 when the drive amassed
a record 2,196,237 items of food.
Saturday’s Scouting For Food collection was a combined
effort between the Greater St. Louis Area Council, which includes the city of
St. Louis, 27 counties in eastern Missouri and 10 counties in southern
Illinois, and the Lewis and Clark Council headquartered in Belleville, Ill. In
all, an estimated 30,000 Scouts and 10,000 volunteers provided manpower for the
drive, now in its 29th year.
“As I was driving here today, just seeing all of the blue
bags on the porches stuffed with food, it really showed a great sign of
community,” said St. Louis City Chief of Police Colonel Sam Dotson, who visited
a firehouse collection site Saturday. “It shows that people care, that they’re
interested, and that they want to help. And then the end product is almost 2
million cans of food are used for the community to make people’s lives better;
it makes quality of life better. St. Louis is a great place.”
A week earlier, one million bags were dropped off at
residents’ doorsteps. Saturday Scouts returned to those same houses to gather
bags that were filled with donated food. In St. Louis City and County, bags of
food were delivered to local firehouses to be boxed and loaded onto trailers.
Sunset Transportation Inc. donated equipment, trucks and drivers to deliver the
trailers to the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The Foodbank then distributes the food to more than 500 hunger
relief organizations in the bi-state region over the next few months.
Along the eastern part of the state and in Illinois, the
collected bags of food are taken directly to food pantries, shelters and other
nonprofit feeding programs.