Scouts Hope to Collect Over One Million Meals for Utahns: Carbon Food Bank, Utah Food Bank and Local Scouts are “Going Green” to Fight Hunger

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Press Release 

Carbon Food Bank – March 21, 2015 – Carbon Food Bank and Utah Food Bank are working with the Boy Scouts of America to help Fight Hunger Statewide during the 29th annual Scouting for Food, scheduled for Saturday, March 21. This food drive comes at a critical time when supplies at Carbon Food Bank are beginning to thin following the holiday season.

“It is so rewarding to see the Boy Scouts of America, the Utah National Parks Council, the Trapper Trails Council, the Great Salt Lake Council and the Utah National Guard all working together to help fight hunger within their own communities,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank chief development officer. “The food gathered across the state will have a great impact on the one in five Utah kids at risk of missing a meal today.”

This year’s food drive will have a different look and feel. In an effort to “Go Green,” Scouts will be distributing reminder door hangers in lieu of donation bags during the week of March 16. Utah residents are encouraged to fill any bag or box with non-perishable food items to leave on their doorstep by 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. Local Scouts will be going door-to-door collecting the donations that will then be delivered to Carbon Food Bank. Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at the Carbon Food Bank. For residents interested in supporting the Scout’s efforts financially, they can take the door hanger they receive to any Smith’s Food & Drug Store between March 20 and March 23 where they can donate at check stands.

Donated food should be commercially packaged and non-perishable items that are low in sodium sugar, and corn syrup. Most needed food items include beef stew, chili, peanut butter, boxed meals, canned meats, and canned fruits and vegetables.

“The food donations received from our community will be used to help our neighbors and friends,” said Geri Gamber of the Carbon County Food Bank. “You can’t tell if someone is hungry by just looking at them. They look a lot like you and me, and they need our help.”

For more information about Scouting for Food, visit www.utahfoodbank.org/scouting.

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