Scouts’ drive collects 215k pounds of food for the needy

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s 30th Annual Scouting for Food Drive was an overwhelming success.

Members canvassed the state on Oct. 28, dropping off reminders seeking donations, then returned a week later to pick up those donations and deliver them to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

On Monday, the Food Bank’s Hugh Minor said the drive collected 215,000 pounds of food, which was more than last year’s campaign. Minor was particularly impressed with the turnout since a storm late last weekend caused damage around the state and left thousands of households without power for days.

The donations will be distributed to about 150 food pantries and meal programs around Rhode Island.

“The hard work and dedication that the Narragansett Council Scouts have shown this year is tremendous,” RI Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff said in a statement. “This food drive is essential to serving the 1 in 8 Rhode Islanders in need of food assistance, especially as we head into colder weather.”

Members of the Eyewitness News team volunteered on Saturday to give the Scouts a hand in sorting the donated food.

If you were unable to participate in the drive but would still like to donate, food can be dropped off to the RI Community Food Bank at 200 Niantic Ave. in Providence or at the Scout Shops located at 1276 Bald Hill Road in Warwick or 79 Swansea Mall Drive in Swansea.

WPRI 12 and Fox Providence are proud sponsors of the Scouting for Food Drive.