About 2014 Scouting for Food
- The 28th Annual Scouting for Food drive will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014.
- Scouting for Food began in 1986, making this the 28th consecutive year the Boy Scouts of America have worked together to collect food in behalf of those facing hunger in Utah.
- Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from all three Utah scout councils (Utah National Parks, Trapper Trails, and Great Salt Lake Councils) will participate in this year’s Scouting for Food.
- Cub scouts will deliver Scouting for Food bags to every Utah home during the week of March 17.
- On March 22, 2014 at 9am, Boy Scouts will go door-to-door to collect filled bags on porches. Residents can use either the bag provided, or any other bag or box. Collected bags will then be delivered to Utah Food Bank, regional food banks, and emergency food pantries statewide.
- Each residence is encouraged to fill any bag or box with nutritious food donations such as canned fruit, vegetables and meat and place on its doorstep by 9am on the morning of Saturday, March 22, 2014.
- Alternatively, food donations can be dropped off at your local food pantry or at Utah Food Bank (3150 S 900 W in Salt Lake City).
- 1 in 5 Utah children are unsure where their next meal will come from.
- 472,000 Utahns are at risk of missing a meal today – that is 17% of our population.
- The annual Scouting for Food helps stock the shelves of Utah Food Bank, regional food banks, and emergency food pantries statewide.
- Donations received through Scouting for Food come at a crucial time as the spring months progress and supplies from the holiday season are starting to dwindle.
- Each year nearly 55,000 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts with their leaders mobilize to collect food in support of Utah Food Bank and our partner agencies from regional food banks and local pantries across the state.
- In addition to the Utah National Parks Council, the Trapper Trails Council, and the Great Salt Lake Council, volunteers from the Utah National Guard will provide statewide assistance with transportation and logistical needs.
- Last year, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts collected nearly 1.5 million pounds of food across the state during the annual Scouting for Food Drive.
- This year, the scouts hope to collect enough food to provide more than 1 million meals to Utahns in need.
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