The annual Scouting for Food collection drive was announced by the Revolutionary Trails Council-Boy Scouts of America, New York Sash and the Interfaith Coalition of Utica.
Scouts and other volunteers will distribute grocery bags throughout Central New York on Saturday, Nov. 1, for residents to fill with non-perishable food items. The bags will be picked up the following Saturday, Nov. 8, according to the announcement.
Last year, more than 50,000 pounds of food were collected and distributed to local food banks and pantries in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Lewis and Otsego counties. Nearly 2,000 volunteers are involved in the annual drive.
“Learning to be a good citizen through service to others is one of the core values of scouting, and this is a great opportunity for scouts to join together for their community and help their neighbors in need,” said Steven McEwan, scout executive, Revolutionary Trails Council, Boys Scouts of America.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 8, scouts and adult volunteers will return to area neighborhoods to pick up donations of non-perishable food. The donations will then be sorted and distributed to food banks, pantries and cupboards.
Community members who are unable to take part in the bag collection can drop off donations to the Scout Service Center, 1401 Genesee St. in Utica, on Nov. 3-7 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition, First Presbyterian Church on Genesee Street in Utica will be accepting donations made after Nov. 8.
The Revolutionary Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America serves over 2,500 youths in Herkimer, Madison, Oneida and parts of Lewis and Otsego counties.