Scouts across Greater Los Angeles will seek to do a good turn for their neighbors as they conduct the “Scouting for Food” drive this Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m.-noon. The community service project collects food to help families in need during the holidays.
The drive is the third monthly effort by local Boy Scouts to help families feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It embodies one of the principles of Scouting – helping others – as expressed in a Boy Scout slogan, “Do a Good Turn Daily.” Items that have been collected will be taken to local food shelves for distribution to families.
The goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food to greatly help address the growing demand.
According to the Los Angeles Food Bank, one in five people in Los Angeles County experiences food insecurity. “The effects of COVID have only exacerbated that statistic, which is why local Boy Scouts are doing their part to help,” according to a Scouting spokesperson.
The food items that are most needed include canned meats, soups and stews, chili, meat sauces, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables. Residents are encouraged to donate only nonperishable food items. Cash gifts will also be accepted. (Fresh meat, produce, frozen foods and home-canned items cannot be accepted.)
“This drive helps feed those in need as well as teaches members the importance of helping others, one of Scouting’s key objectives,” the spokesperson said.
For more information on “Scouting for Food” and the local collection locations, or for other programs of the Boy Scouts of America, visit the Greater Los Angeles Area Council BSA website at glaacbsa.org.