Boy Scouts start Scouting for Food campaign

Itâ??s the largest one-day food drive by the Boy Scouts of America.

Scouts, leaders and parents are preparing for the 28th annual Scouting for Food drive.

This is the second year for the drive in Mid-Missouri.

On Saturday, cub scouts and boy scouts will be hanging door mail flyers in selected neighborhoods in 33 central and northeast Missouri counties.

The flyers explain how you can donate nonperishable food items for local food pantries.

District Director Jon Wilson said, â??It really helps small pantries based out of churches. For example, here in Columbia, Parkade Baptist Church has a pantry. We have a troop that goes and collects food and turns it in for that pantry. Itâ??s real important to those pantries and any pantry, basically, to continue to bring in food so they donâ??t have to spend money buying it.â??

Cub scouts and boy scouts will be collecting food on front porches throughout Mid-Missouri on Saturday, March 3.

You can also drop off food donations in barrels at your local Gerbes and C & R grocery stores.

This yearâ??s goal is 100,000 pounds of food.