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ST. LOUIS (KFVS) -

More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers helped feed the hungry throughout eastern Mo. on Saturday, as they collected 1.8 million cans of food during the 2011 Scouting for Food drive.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America have collected more than 45 million cans of food during the 27-year history of the drive.

After distributing more than one million bags last weekend, on Saturday the Scouts returned to those same areas to collect canned goods and other non-perishables. 

Officials say the food bank will distribute the canned goods to more than 500 area food pantries throughout eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois. Donations collected by Scouts outside of the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County were taken directly to food pantries.

"The amount of food collected today will help thousands of families who need assistance," said Ron Green, Scout Executive of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. "Our Scouts, parents and leaders did a great job collecting food and preparing the donations for the pantries. The generous donations by general public and the hard work of our Scouts will help the less fortunate through the difficult winter months."

If the Scouts missed your bag, or if you would like to make a donation of canned goods, all Regions Bank locations will accept donations through Saturday, Nov. 26.

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