NUTLEY, NJ - Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts have been planning this Saturday's 'Scouting for Food' drive for weeks with the goal of shattering the donation records that were set in 2017. 

Scouting for Food is the largest single day food drive in the country. The first drive was took place in American's barbecue capital (St. Louis) in 1985 and was adopting by the national organization in 1988. This Saturday marks the 31st year of the scouts doing this 'good turn' across the country

The Nutley project has grown from collecting 3,405 items in 2007, to 10,653 in 2013 to 17,475 in  2016 to 22,425 in 2017.

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Food is collected from Nutley households. Last weekend scouts delivered grocery bags to homes all over town with instructions about what to donate. The bags are to be left out after 6 p.m. on Friday to be picked up early Saturday morning. The paper bags were donated to the cause by Trader Joe's. 

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Boy Scouts will also be positioned outside the Nutley Park Shop Rite from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., collecting donations from patrons of the market. In 2017, patrons of the Shop Rite donated $300 in cash to the food drive in addition to thousands of food items. Those funds went directly to the Nutley Family Service Bureau to purchase fresh produce for their clients.

In 2018, residents who wish to make a monetary donation can do so in cash at the Shop Rite on Saturdy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Checks, made payable to "Nutley Family Service Bureau" or "Nutley Cub Scout Pack 141" will also be accepted. Residents wishing to include a monetary donation in the grocery bag are encouraged to put them in an envelope with SCOUT FOOD DRIVE written as large as possible and place them within the bag that the scouts will pick up from your doorstep.

Residents who forget to put their bag of donations out in time for Saturday morning pick up, can drop their donations off at Ciccolini Brothers at 537 Franklin Avenue. Ciccolini's is located directly across from Cubanelle.  

Related story: Ciccolini Property to serve as Drop-Off and Sorting Location for Annual Boy Scout Food Drive in Nutley

In addition to non-perishable, non-expired food items. the drive is also collecting personal care items for the care pantry at Vincent United Methodist Church. 

Every time a Cub Scouts recites the Cub Scout pledge he promises to help others and in the Boy Scout Promise, a boy scout promises to help other people at all times. By participating in a Scouting for Food program, scouts get a step closer to fulfilling those words.

As the largest event in the township going on this month, TAPinto Nutley will have reporters on the scenes this Saturday.

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