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Scouts to Collect Food Donations Saturday

Some 40,000 scouts throughout the Bay Area will go door-to-door to help stock the shelves at food banks.

Come Saturday, Boy Scouts as young as 6 years old will reap a harvest rich enough to feed the hungry through the winter months and the demands of the holiday season.

Across the nation and across town, scouts will go door-to-door collecting boxed, bagged and canned foods to stock the shelves at food banks.

The yearly event, called “Scouting for Food,” draws as many as 40,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Explorers in the Bay Area. The participants hope to garner some 450,000 pounds of nonperishable foods.

 “We don’t get donations during the summer, so we really depend on this drive” heading into the winter months and holidays, when needs go up, said Lisa Sherill of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Clients range from families with young children to seniors, many of whom depend on the donations to meet basic nutritional needs. Sherill suggested peanut butter, canned meats, low-sodium canned vegetables, and canned fruits packed in juice – not syrup.

Last Saturday, scouts placed door-hangers on homes, promoting the drive and asking residents to have donations ready by 9 a.m. Nov. 17.

Residents who did not receive a door-hanger are not on a collection route, but they can still contribute by dropping off donations between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at various locations, or by checking for year-round drop-off points (in Martinez, those include the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District at 5019 Imhoff Place and Kaiser Permanente at 200 Muir Road).

“Even with 40,000 Scouts on collection routes, we can’t hit every doorstep," said Tim Buchen, director of support services for Boy Scouts of America. "So it’s critical that people help us out by dropping off food at their local site or participating in a Scout troop’s Virtual Food Drive.”

They won’t earn any badges – community service is expected of scouts, Buchen said – but the have plenty of fun.

Each month, hundreds of families turn to food banks for the first time, said Suzan Bateson, executive director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

“We’re bracing for our busiest holiday season yet,” she said.

Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Lucky, Mi Pueblo Food Center and Berkeley Bowl locations throughout the Bay Area have in-store barrels to accept donations for Bay Area food banks throughout the holiday season.

Area drop-off points include these:

Concord
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Ave.

Farm Bureau Hall
5554 Clayton Road

Oak Grove Latter Day Saints Church
2930 Treat Blvd.

Danville
Danville Latter Day Saints Stake Center
655 Old Orchard Drive

Moraga
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
3776 Via Granada

Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill Latter Day Saints Church
555 Boyd Road

Chris J Kapsalis November 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I would just say the comments went that way right or wrong because there was a recent and very high profile story about an eagle scout. If the chess club was also in the news so much and for similar reasons, the conversation may have turned that way was well had they started a food drive. It was the readers, or more so commentors that commented their opinion "should we deal with this org or take our food to another food drive? I guess it is opinion, but I feel relevant.
Claire November 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM
The Patch can choose to post information about an event without making it open for comments for days and days. The Patch has chosen to publish at least 1/2 dozen stories about Ryan Andresen, surely out of proportion to the story relative to other events going on in the Lamorinda area and the wider world.
MIKE ALFORD November 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
You know what Jim just put things in perspective and made it very clear (in fact Crystal Clear) Stick to the Subject that is on the thread ! Now Maybe Comman Sense will take Place !!!!!!
Melinda P. November 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
My comment was deleted? Jim have I done something to you personally? Why do you delete my comments?
Melinda P. November 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Update: Jim sent me an email. I was getting off topic, I acknowledge that. Thanks Jim for the response. Happy Turkey Day Everyone. Go Food Drive!

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