BSA to make changes to Scouting for Food drive

BSA makes changes to Scouting for Food drive

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KFVS) - The Greater St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts of America is making changes to the Scouting for Food drive due to COVID-19.

The Scouts did not hand out and won’t collect Scouting for Food bags this year.

“This year with COVID going on, St. Louis County has some new rules and regulations out, the State of Illinois has some new regulations out,” Boy Scouts of America Senior District Executive Ashley Metelski said. “So we’ve had to just modify our event. Our event is not cancelled. We’re still going to be raising money and collecting food to help our hungry friends.”

Boy Scouts of America Senior District Executive Ashley Metelski said it’s even more vital to get the food for those that are food insecure this year.

“Because of everything going on with COVID and people have unfortunately lost their jobs due to the coronavirus,” Metelski said. “They might not be able to get the income they’re used to so they would rely on food banks and food pantries even more.”

Instead of going door-to-door, donations can be made through the text to give campaign by texting “SCOUTFOOD” to 91999 to donate.

Food can be collected at their main office at 3000 Gordonville Road in Cape Girardeau and other retail locations will be released at another date.

Meteski said everything is still going to stay local as they still try to continue helping their hungry friends.

“To see the community come together, to see the scouts come together, to sorting the food and seeing the smiles on kid’s faces when they’re bringing us a truck full of food, it’s a really great feeling,” Meteski said.

For more information or to become a drop off location, you can contact them at stlbsa.org or call 573-335-3346.

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