NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Boy Scouts are spending a part of their St. Patrick's Day weekend distributing collection bags to households throughout the township ahead of the annual 'Scouting for Food' drive to benefit Nutley Family Service Bureau's food pantry operation. . The township wide food drive takes place March 24.

The distribution of bags a week ahead of the actual drive serves as a reminder to community residents to think of those who can benefit from nutritional assistance. Patrons of the pantry include the elderly, chronically ill, disabled, and veterans. Residents can use the bags and head to their own cupboard to chose items for donation. Keep in mind that the pantry cannot accept expired items for donation.

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. This weekend's will include instructions from scouts. Residents can them leave donated items in those bags, at their front door after 6 p.m. on Friday to be picked up early on March 24. 

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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. 

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

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