Thousands of Scouts and volunteer leaders from the Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America (BSA) were out in force on Saturday, Nov. 10, to leave the marked bags at each home along their designated street routes. Those same Scouts will return on Saturday, Nov. 17, to collect the bags - hoping to find them filled with non-perishable food items to assist families and neighbors in the communities they serve.
This year's event marks the 25th anniversary of the partnership between Food City and the Sequoyah Council, a 16-county region stretching from Grundy, Va., to Greeneville, Tenn. All of the food collected during the annual Scouting for Food drive goes to local food banks to help feed the region's hungry.
The project, an annual Good Turn for America, is one of the largest food drives in the region. The donated food helps stock the shelves at more than 50 area food agencies.
"Last year, we collected over 200,000 food items which brought our total collected to over 4.9 million in 24 years. We should surpass 5 million (items) this year," said Ronald Cameron, program director for the Sequoyah Council BSA.
Items needed include: canned soups, canned stews, canned meats, canned chili, canned fish, canned vegetables, canned fruit and canned milk. Residents are asked not to include perishable items, frozen items, or items in glass containers, including home canned items which cannot be accepted.
The Scouts will be out in force bright and early on Saturday, Nov. 17, to collect the bags of donated canned food items.
To participate, simply fill your bag and place it outside your door by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Scouts will be around to collect the items between 8 a.m. and noon.
If, for some reason, the bag is not picked up or you forget until later that morning, you can take the filled bag to your local Food City store. Those items will then be delivered to either Second Harvest Food Bank or an area food pantry to help feed the region's hungry.
Food City has been a major partner since the beginning for the Sequoyah Council’s Scouting for Food campaign. The company donates the bags for the drive and serves as a drop-off location for individuals who want to donate food.
"This project works because it is people helping people," Cameron said.