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Scouting for Food continues in region

  • Volunteers gather food for Scouting for Food at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion.

    Volunteers gather food for Scouting for Food at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion.
    COURTESY OF SCOUTS BSA

  • Food donations await delivery at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion.

    Food donations await delivery at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion.
    COURTESY OF SCOUTS BSA

  • Volunteers gather food for Scouting for Food at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion.

    Volunteers gather food for Scouting for Food at Zion United Church of Christ in Marion.
    COURTESY OF SCOUTS BSA

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
Posted on 11/25/2020, 11:54 AM

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- Though COVID-19 caused plans to change for the annual Scouting for Food food drive in the region, the program continues to accept food donations throughout the region.

During most years, Boy Scouts hang blue plastic bags on doors on one Saturday. Donors fill the bags with food, and the following Saturday, the scouts pick up the donations.

They then are distributed locally to food pantries in those communities. The program is conducted nationally, and is one of the largest food drives in the country.

With concerns about safety in mind, this year scout units developed drop-off locations in conjunction with area churches, businesses and other spots.

In addition, the deadline for the program has been extended to Dec. 13.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, which oversees the majority of scout troops and packs in southern Illinois has an online map containing all local drop-off points at https://stlbsa.org/scouting-for-food/.

In addition, donations may be made by texting "SCOUTFOOD" to 91999.