Boy Scouts, Food City team up for 32nd Scouting for Food drive

Carmen Musick • Nov 6, 2019 at 8:45 PM

JOHNSON CITY — The Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America and Food City are teaming up again this year to help stock the shelves of local food pantries in our region.

Scouts and volunteers will be going door to door in November as part of the annual Scouting for Food good turn project. One of the largest food drives in the region, the project collects more than 100,000 cans of food annually and is conducted over a period of two Saturdays each November. This marks the 32nd consecutive year for the food drive, which benefits more than 50 local food agencies.

“This project works because it is people helping people,” said Ronald Cameron, program director for the Sequoyah Council BSA. “What makes this food drive special is that the food donated by a community goes back to assist people in that community. This project is a tribute to our Scouts and all of the people this program has helped!”

The project gets underway Saturday, Nov. 9, when thousands of Scouts and volunteers will canvass neighborhoods throughout Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee to leave bags on doors. The bags, supplied by Food City, have instructions and suggested food items to be donated.

The following Saturday (Nov. 16), residents simply leave the bags filled with donated food items outside their homes and Scouts will return to collect the food. The donated items will be taken to collection centers, where they will be sorted, boxed and turned over to various local food distribution agencies.

Anyone who doesn’t receive a bag may donate at their local Food City store. Each year, Food City supplies more than 150,000 bags used in the project as well as physical and financial support. Food City has sponsored the project since its inception in 1988. During that time, more than 6.1 million cans of food have been collected to feed the hungry.

“Our ability to go door to door is what makes it so successful. We would not be able to canvass neighborhoods like this without Food City’s sponsorship,” Cameron said.

The Sequoyah Council serves 16 counties in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

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