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Scouts prepare for annual food pick up

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Raid your cabinets and fill you bags! The 29th annual Scouting For Food pick up will be Saturday, November 16 when Heartland scouts, leaders and volunteers will pick up donated non-perishable food items.

They will set out into area neighborhoods starting at 9 a.m. to pick up the items in Scouting For Food bags that were dropped off a week earlier.

Last year, Scouting For Food collected 2 million food items.

In the Cape Girardeau area, scouts will take donations directly to local food pantries. Within 48 hours of the pick-up, the first donations are on food pantry shelves, ready to feed the hungry.

Scouting For Food started in St. Louis in 1985 and has since caught on to other Boy Scout councils around the nation. The Greater St. Louis Area Council, which includes the city of St. Louis, 27 counties in eastern Missouri and 10 counties in southern Illinois, collects enough food on this one day to account for 20 to 30 percent of area food pantries' yearly supply and can keep their shelves stocked for up to four months.

Residents whose bags are missed Saturday can call 573-335-3346.

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