Scouts to Collect Food on Nov. 18


Alamedans might want to prepare now for the 30th annual Scouting for Food canned food drive to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. 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 Alameda families.

In Alameda last November, Scouts collected nearly 19,000 pounds of food, which was sorted and boxed by community volunteers then distributed by the Alameda Food Bank to more than 2,000 local families. The Alameda Council hopes to match or exceed that collection goal this year.

Scouts and other youth will distribute door hangers to residences the weekend of Nov. 11 announcing the Scouting for Food effort. Residents are asked to put their donations on their front doorsteps on Nov. 18 before 9 a.m. The Scouts and other volunteers will pick up the donations between 9 a.m. and noon.

Give the gift of health by donating healthy food that goes beyond filling stomachs to nourishing and promoting health.

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 and American Red Cross Youth. United States Coast Guard personnel will be transporting the sorted and boxed food to the Alameda Food Bank.

For more information about Scouting for Food, contact the Alameda Food Bank at 523-5850 or the Alameda Council, Boy Scouts of America at 522-2772.