Nationwide Food Donation Program Begins This Saturday, November 5th With Donation

Bag Distribution; Ends With Bag Collection November 12th



Elmira, NY (October 22, 2016) - Nearly 140 Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing units will head out into communities throughout the region as part of Scouting for Food, the largest food drive effort in the Twin Tiers.


Scouting has always stepped up to provide needed service to the community, and there is no greater need than hunger in the Five Rivers Council Scouting area.  There are children and adults in our local communities that do not have enough food each day to meet basic nutritional needs. With this drive, especially right before Thanksgiving, we hope to ensure that there is enough food to go to local food pantries to help feed those in need. 

On Saturday morning, Bag Distribution Day - November 5th, Scouts will distribute collection bags door-to-door to residents throughout the 10 counties that make up the Five Rivers Council. The collection bags are printed with instructions asking the residents to place nonperishable food items in the bag and place it out on their front porch the following Saturday.


Food items needed include:


• Canned items such as vegetables, meat, chili/soups, juices, and baby items

• Boxed or bagged meals and pastas are also welcome


Unusable donation items include:


• Please nothing perishable, frozen or in a glass container

• Monetary donations cannot be accepted


On the following Saturday, Bag Collection Day - November 12th, Scouts will return to collect the filled bags and take them to the designated collection sites where the food is stored, boxed, and transported to local food pantries and kitchens. It is then distributed to people in need – sick and home bound elders, families in crisis, the homeless, jobless adults and others who need assistance. All food collected will stay in local Twin Tiers communities, and benefit food pantries across the Five Rivers Council, 10-county service area.


Since the BSA’s inception in 1910, members have learned to live the principles of the Scout Oath and Law through community services and “helping other people at all times.”  With that history in mind, this is an ideal time for Scouts to help supply the severely depleted food banks in our communities.



To find out more information on Scouting for Food, please contact:


Gary Decker

Scout Executive at Five Rivers Council

607-796-0699 or


Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America is a United Way Agency.

special thanks to Corning Incorporated and its employees for generations of support to Scouting

special thanks to the Corning Foundation for its continued support of Scouting through the Employee Matching Gifts and Dollars for Doers Programs 


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