BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in Somerset and Middlesex counties are preparing for the annual "Scouting for Food" drive.
Scouts will go door-to-door in Somerset County Nov. 5, and in Middlesex County Nov. 12.
On the weekend prior to the collection, Scouts will distribute fliers to residences asking that donations of nonperishable food be placed in bags on their doorsteps in clear view from the street before 9 a.m. on the collection date. To reduce waste, many Troops and Packs will not provide preprinted collection bags this year.
Food donations will go directly to local food pantries as well as to the Somerset County Food Bank and FISH in Middlesex County, both of which supply local food pantries. From there it is distributed to the poor and needy. The Scouting for Food program has been one of the largest contributors to the Food Bank Network for the past 20 years.
Especially needed are canned goods like vegetables, stew, beans, and tuna and dry goods like pasta, cereal, and rice. People are being asked not to give perishable or expired items or glass containers.
Due to the bad economy and high unemployment, many families in Somerset and Middlesex Counties are having a hard time feeding their children, while donations to local food banks have declined, according to Marie Scannell, sxecutive director of the Somerset County Food Bank..
Food donations can also be brought to:
Somerset County Food Bank, 9E Easy St., Bridgewater, NJ (MiddleBrook Crossroads Industrial Park), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5th or call (732) 560-1813 for hours.
Fish, Inc., 456 New Market Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854. Call (732) 968-7925 for hours