From The Alameda Boy Scout Council of Boy Scouts of America and the Alameda Food Bank-
The 25th annual Scouting for Food canned food drive will be held Nov. 17 in Alameda.
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, adult leaders, other youth representatives, and community volunteers will be going door-to-door to collect bags of canned and non-perishable food to meet the needs of local families. This annual food drive goes on throughout the greater Bay Area.
In Alameda last November, Scouts collected more than 17,000 pounds of food, which in turn was sorted and boxed by community volunteers, and then distributed by the Alameda Food Bank to moret han 2,200 local families over the following weeks. The Alameda Council hopes to match or exceed that collection goal again this year.
Scouts and other youth distributed door hangers to residences last weekend announcing the Scouting for Food effort. Some residents may have also received a shopping bag to use for Scouting for Food donations.
Residents are asked to put their donations out on the front doorstep between 8:30 and 9 a.m., so that the Scouts and other volunteers can see and pick up the donations between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Community partners for the Scouting for Food drive in Alameda include the Rotary Club of Alameda, Alameda Elks Lodge, Girls Inc. of the Island City., American Red Cross, and several Girl Scout troops. United States Coast Guard personnel will be providing transportation of boxed food to the Alameda Food Bank.
For more information about Scouting for Food, contact the Alameda Food Bank at (510) 523-5850 or the Alameda Council, Boy Scouts of America at (510) 522-2772.