It is the biggest local food drive of the year and the annual Scouting for Food drive takes place Saturday, March 21st with the Cache County Food Pantry as the beneficiary.
Food pantry Executive Director Matt Whittaker says there has been some confusion this year and he wants everyone to know that all the food collected by the Boy Scouts will stay right here in Cache Valley.
“Tomorrow morning about 9 a.m. people will be coming around to pick up the food you may have,” Whittaker says. “Some brave ones, if they don’t see it, may knock on your door. Nine times out of ten people say ‘Oh, I just forgot to put it out.'”
He says that after the scouts go door to door collecting the food, they will take it to designated sites where it will be organized. From there, other organizations will be stepping in to help deliver the food to the Cache Community Food Pantry.
“The Search and Rescue and the National Guard will be coming around to the different sites where it’s collected,” continues Whittaker. “They will put it on their trucks and bring it to the food pantry. We’ll take it from there and get it out to the families, organizations and individuals that need it.”
Whittaker says it is a good time for the food drive because donations tend to slow down during the summer months. Fortunately, he says the annual Letter Carrier Food Drive will be coming up in May.
Asked what kind of foods are needed most right now, Whittaker says although everything is appreciated there is always a need for items like cooking oil, sugar and refrigerated items that people sometimes hesitate to include such as butter. He says those items are accommodated at the food pantry and people can bring items any time, not just during Saturday’s Scouting For Food drive.
If anyone is missed who wants to contribute can call the food pantry and it will be picked up.