Boy Scouts will collect food on Saturday morning

2012-11-14T10:18:00Z Boy Scouts will collect food on Saturday morningStaff report Napa Valley Register
November 14, 2012 10:18 am  • 

Boy Scouts of America will be scouring Napa Saturday morning for donations to help the Napa Food Bank serve low-income residents this holiday season.

Scouts have distributed thousands of door hangers asking people to put out a bag or box of food by 9 a.m. Saturday.

Some 250 Boy Scouts and their parents will make two sweeps of Napa’s residential streets between 9 a.m. and noon to gather donations, said Paul Bartelt, the scoutmaster of Troop 83 who is coordinating the local effort.

Last year’s food drive gathered 9,242 pounds of nonperishable goods for the Napa Food Bank, Bartelt said. This year’s goal is to do better, he said.

Scouts recommend canned goods such as tuna or chicken, soups and chili. Also desired are peanut butter, cereals, pancake and muffin mixes, crackers and cookies, rice and beans, powdered juice and milk, dried fruit and snack bars.

Items should be put in a paper bag or box, with door hanger attached, and left within view of the street, Bartelt said.

Open or glass containers cannot be accepted.

Scouting for Food is a national effort to boost local food banks prior to the holidays. The local food drive is coordinated by the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council serving Napa, Solano, Contra Costa and Lake counties.

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