It’s that time of year when local Scouts fan out across Napa’s neighborhoods to ask residents to support the annual “Scouting for Food” drive, one of the Boy Scouts of America’s most prominent and important community service projects.

In light of the recent tragic wildfires, this year’s annual “Scouting for Food” drive to support our local food banks takes on extra importance and urgency.

A decades-long tradition involving Scouts at all levels across the entire nation, Scouting for Food has resulted in literally tons of food each year being collected and donated to families in need throughout the Napa Valley. Scouting for Food is the one of the best and easiest ways to give food to those who need it, a need that this year is more critical with the numerous residents who’ve lost their homes and their livelihoods.

This past weekend, Scouts from troops and packs in Napa and St. Helena left flyers on the doors of homes throughout the area. These same Scouts will be returning this Saturday, Nov. 11, to pick up contributions and deliver them to the Napa Food Bank.

Please place nutritious, non-perishable, non-expired food items (preferably in non-glass containers) in a bag or box curbside or outside your front door (somewhere visible from the street or sidewalk) by 9 a.m. Appropriate items to donate include canned goods like fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna, rice, beans, pasta, cereals, and peanut butter.

If you did not receive a flyer but would still like Scouts to pick up your donation on Nov. 11, please simply email your street address to

Thank you to all who have so generously contributed in the past and in advance for your participation this year.

Robert Reber

“Scouting for Food” Coordinator