28th Annual Scouting For Food

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Scouting for Food concludes this Saturday, Nov. 17, as more than 30,000 Scouts will conduct the largest single-day canned food drive in our community. It teaches the values of citizenship and service to our youth members and helps thousands of families in our region.

Scouts will collect the blue bags that were left at homes last weekend on Saturday.  Bags need to placed on your front porch or somewhere in front of the house that is easily visible by 9 a.m.

According to the Boy Scouts of America website, the perfect Scouting for Food bag includes the following items:
-2 cans of hearty soup, stew or chili: Supplies many nutrients.
-2 cans of tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam): Contains protein and iron. Canned salmon is a source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
-1 can of fruit: Supplies vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber and other healthy substances.
-1 can of 100 percent pure fruit or vegetable juice: Contains vitamin C and often beta carotene.
-1 can of vegetables: Supplies beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, complex carbohydrates, fiber and potassium.
-1 can of tomato or pasta sauce: Contains vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene, a healthy substance that is more available to your body in canned and cooked tomatoes than in fresh.
-1 canned meal: Offers a variety of ingredients and nutrients.
-1 can of beans, refried beans or lentils: Contains plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.
-1 can of evaporated milk: Makes an excellent source of calcium and protein.

“Make Scouting for Food canned good contribution for other families based on what you would choose for your own. Healthy, nutritious meals are especially important for the proper development of children. Children under age 18 comprise 36.6 percent of those served by the St. Louis Area Food Bank.”