St. Louis area Boy Scouts change Scouting for Food drive

The Greater St. Louis Area Council said it made the tough decision to stop handing out the bags that Saturday, but there will be other ways to donate as well

ST. LOUIS – The coronavirus pandemic is spreading another change for the St. Louis area. This time it is the Boy Scouts and the needy who are affected.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council said it made the difficult decision to stop distributing the famous blue Scouting for Food bags this Saturday.

“After carefully reviewing the rapidly growing COVID-19 cases and ensuring that the rapidly changing guidelines from health departments and political leaders are followed, the leadership of the Greater St. Louis Area Council made the decision to launch our Scouting for Food program to change ”, the council wrote on Facebook on Thursday evening.

Since no blue bags are handed out, the scouts will not pick up any grocery bags on Saturday. Instead, the St. Louis City Council announced two more donation options as we near the holiday season.

  • Donate via the text-to-give campaign by sending SCOUTFOOD an SMS to 91999
  • Bring groceries to retail collection points in the St. Louis area – locations will be published shortly

“Additional details on the modified drive will be released as soon as we have them. Thank you for everything you are doing to scout in this challenging environment, ”said the Council.

Nearly 2 million items were bagged in the Scouting for Food drive last year. The canned and non-perishable merchandise helps stock hundreds of supply shelves across the St. Louis subway area just before the holiday season. This year, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the need will be even greater.

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