2015-10-29 / Around Town

Boy Scouts Annual Food Drive

Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America is preparing for its annual “Scouting for Food Good Turn” drive for the 28th consecutive year. On Saturday, Oct. 31, thousands of Scouts from across the state will be distributing door hangers to neighbors’ homes seeking donations of nutritional, nonperishable canned goods. Donation pick-ups will take place the following Saturday, Nov. 7, starting at 9 a.m., and will be delivered to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Each month, 60,000 Rhode Islanders seek food assistance through the food bank's network of emergency food programs. 14.4 percent of Rhode Island households are food insecure, and 4.6 percent of households experience severe hunger. 150,000 Rhode Islanders are living in poverty.

Over the years, the Scouts have collected more than 8.5 million pounds of food for the food bank.

Following the USDA’s guidelines for healthy eating, donors are encouraged to fill their bags with the Food Bank’s most needed items: canned soup, tuna, fruits and vegetables, canned meats, tomato sauce, canned or dried beans, dried fruit, nutritious breakfast cereals, granola bars, whole wheat pasta, rice, peanut butter, and nuts.

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