More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers helped feed the hungry on Saturday, November 22nd, as they collected 2.2 million cans of food during the 2008 Scouting for Food drive. The collection was 6 percent larger than last year’s drive. The collection was only 20,000 cans less than the all-time high set in 2004. The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, collected more than 37 million cans of food during the 24-year history of the drive.
After distributing nearly one million bags last weekend, on Saturday the Scouts returned to those same areas to collect canned goods and other non-perishables. Scouts in the St. Louis area took the donations to area fire stations where Scout leaders sorted and boxed the food.
Sunset Transportation, Inc. of Sunset Hills provided vehicles, equipment, volunteer drivers and solicited the assistance of additional volunteers from trucking companies. Sunset Transportation coordinated all logistics for the food collection, which involved transporting boxed food from more than 40 area fire stations to the St. Louis Area Food Bank. The Food Bank will distribute the canned goods to more than 400 area food pantries throughout eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois.
“Our Scouts and leaders today were overwhelmed by the community’s generous response to Scouting for Food,” said John M. Primrose, Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
“Pantries experienced an increased demand for food assistance during the last few months. Families needing nutritional assistance during the coming winter months will have adequate food because of the generosity of our communities and the hard work of our Scouts and leaders.”