Like so many things in 2020, the annual Scouting For Food drive held each year around the country and in the St. Louis region will look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Scouts would normally would have been out last weekend putting blue bags on doorsteps and returning this weekend to collect food donations, but won’t be happening this year.
“This year will look differently due to the health and safety of our Scouts their families and the communities,” said Suzie Voss, director of Cub Scout Camping for the Greater St. Louis Area Council. The Scouting for Food drive annually results in some two million items of food collected for the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the equivalent of some 800,000 meals.
This year, the Greater St. Louis Area Council is inviting the community to text SCOUTFOOD to 91999 to donate directly to the St. Louis Area Foodbank. A $1 donation pays for four meals.
BSA organizers will also announce retail locations for drop boxes for non-perishable food donations, and area union locals are arranging to have drop boxes at their union halls. The Labor Tribune will provide more details when locations are finalized.