Help those who are hungry in our region by setting non-perishable food donations outside your door on Saturday morning, February 2 before 9 a.m.
That morning, as part of their annual Scouting for Food drive, Boy Scouts will fan out between 9 a.m. and noon throughout the East Valley – and across the state of Arizona – to collect food donations right from your doorstep. The hard work of these volunteer scouts makes Scouting for Food one of the most efficient ways for area residents to help their neighbors who are in need of food assistance.
Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB), including United Food Bank, which serves residents throughout the East Valley and southeastern Arizona. According to AAFB, as many as one in six Arizonans lack consistent access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious foods. This includes almost one in four Arizona children, giving our state one of the nation’s highest rates of food insecurity.
“The Scouting for Food drive always seems to happen at a time when our shelves need to be restocked and this year is no different. We rely on this important annual drive to meet community needs,” noted Dave Richins, United Food Bank CEO. “The scouts who participate in this drive exemplify the Scout Oath ‘To help other people at all times,’ especially in their community.”
All non-perishable food donations are appreciated. The goal of the drive is to collect a variety of nutritious foods to give hungry families more of what they need most. Suggested items can include protein-rich cans of chili, beans, soups, chicken and tuna, as well as plastic containers of peanut butter. Pasta sauce, whole grain pastas and cereals, evaporated milk, fruits and vegetables also are important components of well-rounded meals.