SCOTCH PLAINS/ FANWOOD, NJ -- Local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts dropped off shopping bags in Scotch Plains and Fanwood to collect food to help the hungry.

Members of the community are asked to place requested items in the bags and leave them on their doorstep the morning of Saturday Nov. 21, before 8:00 a.m. Scouts will retrieve the donations and deliver them to the food bank. Cub Scouts from Packs 4, 98, 277 and BSA Troop 33 will pick up bags by 11:00 a.m. Meanwhile, Troop 203 & Pack 103 (from St. Bart’s) will get bags by 2:00 p.m.

Items needed include: canned tomatoes, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat and fish, canned pasta, canned beans, boxed macaroni and cheese, 2 lb. bags of rice, canned milk, powdered milk, tea and coffee.  No outdated or opened items, please.

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Donations collected by Troop 33 and Packs 4, 98 and 277 will be donated to The Food Pantry at Fanwood Presbyterian Church. The Food Bank at Fanwood Presbyterian Church has provided groceries to the hungry since 1971. Today, more than 40 families are provided support each month. Packs and Troops from St. Bartholomew’s Church will donate food to the St. Bart’s Food Pantry. 

Scouting for Food is a nationwide effort by Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to fight hunger. Scotch Plains-Fanwood has a rich Scouting tradition.  In keeping with the values of Scouting, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts devote themselves to community service.  Along with year round activities of outings, games and projects, Scouts seek to be of service to others.  For information on how to get your son involved in scouts email    

For more information on Scouting for Food, email Maggie Savoca at