Scouting For Food underway in the Heartland

Updated: Nov. 10, 2018 at 3:58 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Area Boy and Cubs Scouts distributed bags to homes in Missouri and Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 10 as part of the 34th annual Scouting For Food.

We caught up with Cub Scouts Pack 312 in Jackson who walked door-to-door putting plastic blue bags on people’s doors for the food drive.

Last year, Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America collected a total of 1,989,734 items of food.

Now, the Boy Scouts and MERS Missouri Goodwill, the 2018 Scouting For Food sponsor, are asking residents to leave the bags filled with canned goods on their doorsteps on Saturday, Nov. 17 by 9 a.m. for pickup.

We caught up with volunteers who were dropping off and bagging the food items that were collected from door to door in the Cape Girardeau area.

Food collected from any area will go to food pantries in their respected areas to help their local people in need.

Sidney Kenary brought her daughter Hallie along to help gather the food items and pack them into boxes.

Hallie Harris said she is proud of how many people came out to help out. She thinks it’s a good thing to help those in need.

“We have nice things and I think they should have nice things like food and clothes,” said Harris.

Kenary said it’s important to give back, especially to those that need support during the holiday season.

“It’s a really good way to give back to the community with the holidays coming around everybody wanting to have that Thanksgiving meal.,” said Kenary. "This is a way that we can give back to where everyone gets to experience that with their family.”

Kenary said she once experienced the pains of hunger herself and received assistance from food pantries in the past herself. She said she understands the struggle and appreciated the help given to her at the time.

“I am one of those individuals," said Kenary. "Many, many years ago I actually was a person who stood in line, in a food pantry, so just being able to see the fact that I’ve made it to this place where I can also give back, it’s just wonderful.”

Last year, nearly 2 million food items were collected in the Greater St. Louis area.

According to MERS, Scouts gathered more than 2 million food items in 2016 which was enough to provide about 590,000 meals for those in need.

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