Scouts will pick up donated food Saturday

March 19, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 10:54 a.m. March 19, 2010

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will pick up items needed for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank during a Saturday food drive.

Scouts delivered door hangers about the most-needed items to residences in Issaquah and across the Puget Sound region March 13. Scouts will return Saturday to pick up donations as part of the Scouting for Food campaign.

Scouts delivered bags through Issaquah, Sammamish, Cougar Mountain, North Bend, Fall City, Snoqualmie and the Renton Highlands.

To meet the increased need for food donations, the Chief Seattle Council teamed up with the Pacific Harbors Council of Boy Scouts of America for the largest food collection ever conducted by the organizations. Combined, the councils represent up to 46,000 Scouts.

The local pantry and other food banks need dry boxed dinners; canned fruit and protein items — such as tuna, chicken, beef stew and peanut butter; prepared cereal; diapers; baby formula; shampoo; and personal hygiene items. Organizers recommend donors give dry, nonperishable items.

Besides the Issaquah pantry, Scouts will deliver to food programs in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Seattle and elsewhere in King County.

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