Local Scouts to collect food for the needy

The Bellingham Business Journal

This year, the recession has impacted many families, so it is more important than ever to give to those less fortunate.

Each year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) collect non-perishable food in our communities for local food banks. This year the annual BSA Scouting for Food will take place Sept. 11 to Sept. 13.

Local Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Explorer Posts will be in front of participating local grocery stores in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties. The Scouts will be in uniform collecting non-perishable grocery store items from shoppers and transporting the tax deductible donations to local food banks.

The Scouts will be at the stores Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Many Scout units will have extended hours including Sept. 11, so check your local grocery store for times.

Suggested donation items:
Non-perishable foodstuffs like canned fruits, vegetables, soup, stew, meats and sauces, breakfast foods, baby food, pasta, rice and beans, peanut butter, desserts, cooking oil, condiments, juices, powdered or canned milk, pancake mix, etc. Please try to avoid glass containers.

Non-food items are also needed, including disposable diapers, paper towels, toiletries and other items families need.

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