NUTLEY, NJ - Boy Scouts, Wolves, Bears, and Lions will be joining forces in March to go 'Scouting for Food' to benefit the Nutley Family Service Bureau's food pantry operation. The township wide food drive takes place March 24, with bag distribution taking place a week earlier. 

According to Walt Smith, the 2018 event will have many parts working together to allow as many Nutley residents as possible help support the those who need supplemental nutrition assistance. Donated grocery bags will be delivered to homes throughout Nutley on March 17 with instructions from scouts. Residents can them leave donated items in those bags, at their front door, to be picked up on March 24. 

While scouts are out collecting bags from across Nutley, another group of scouts will be working at the Nutley Park ShopRite collecting donations from patrons. While that's going on, a fleet of cars will be delivering the donated food to the Nutley Family Service Bureau where another team of volunteers from several community groups will start the process of checking expiry dates of donated items and sorting them so like items can be shelved together. 

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In 2017, more than 20,000 items were donated, topping 2016's record of 17,000. Smith knows that Nutley residents are generous and expects 2018 to be a success as well.

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