Here’s how to donate virtually – St. Louis Call Newspapers
The annual Scouting for Food event in St. Louis is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a stay-at-home notice issued by Sam Page, executive of St. Louis County.
The annual food collection features hundreds of thousands of meals for the St. Louis Area Foodbank urging people to keep contributing even if they don’t have the blue bag delivered to their door. In a typical year, the one-day trip is the largest food trip in the country. It was supposed to be on Saturday, November 21st, and residents filled blue bags that the Boy Scouts would have handed out on Saturday, November 14th.
To donate and continue the tradition in a new way, text SCOUTFOOD to 91999. For $ 25 each, the grocery bank can provide 100 meals.
The food bank also encourages the public to set up custom food promotions on their website.
Meredith Knopp, president and CEO of St. Louis Area Foodbank, said the Food Bank increased the number of meals served this year from 3 million per month before the COVID-19 pandemic to 5 million per month.
“This year we distributed an exorbitant amount of food due to COVID-19,” Knopp said in a video to promote Scouting for Food. “We are very grateful to everyone who helped us during this pandemic, but we will ask you to help again.”
Although the scouts will not take part in the larger food campaign, individual food drives can still be set up.
“We are looking for fruit, vegetables, protein, soups, pasta and muesli in cans – everything that offers our neighbors in need a healthy and nutritious meal on this holiday evening,” said Knopp. “We want to make Thanksgiving and the holidays wonderful for everyone.”