Scouting for Food program begins

Scouting for Food program begins

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The Scouting for Food program will begin the weekend of March 11-12 in Carlinville. Boy Scout Troops 62 and 63 and Cub Scout Pack 65 will canvass the Carlinville community, leaving grocery bags on homes’ front doors, asking for residents’ assistance in stocking the Carlinville Food Pantry shelves.

Scouts will return to the neighborhoods beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 18, to collect the donations. They ask that residents fill any grocery bag(s) with non-perishable food items and leave the filled bag(s) on the front doorstep that morning. Scouts, parents and leaders will then pick up the donations, sort and box them at St. Paul United Church of Christ, then weigh and deliver the food to the food pantry.

Donations may also be taken directly to the church, located at 202 East Main Street in Carlinville, from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18.

Food collected during this drive will be distributed by the food pantry to those in need in the Carlinville area. The food pantry serves between 200 and 225 families, or up to 800 individuals, in the Carlinville school district each month.

Items always needed by the food pantry include canned meats and fish, soups and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, dried rice or pasta, one-box meals and personal hygiene items. The Scouts ask that glass containers, opened and expired items not be contributed.