BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — Scouting for Food, the largest statewide annual food drive, will take place on March 23.
Members of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts in south Davis County will provide bags to potential donors and scouts will then pick up those filled bags at homes. The food will be delivered to the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.
Last year, Scouting for Food brought in 99,000 pounds of food, 6 percent of the total amount the Bountiful Community Food Pantry collected in 2012, said Lorna Koci, director of the pantry.
“Scouting for Food is our most significant food drive,” Koci said. Last year’s donations from food drives were down, but the pantry was able to make up the numbers from other regular donors, she said.
The pantry served 13,823 individuals in south Davis County last year. In 2011, 48 percent of households that received food did so for three months or less, Koci said.
Twenty-eight percent of the food distributed from the Bountiful Community Food Pantry in 2012 came from food drives and general community donations, Koci said. Fifty-six percent of food donated to the pantry comes from area grocery stores, she said. Only 11 percent comes from the Utah Food Bank.
Place filled donation bags on porches by 9 a.m. on March 23. While all food items are of help, Koci said items most needed include canned meat, sugar, cooking oil, pancake mix, pancake syrup, condiments, canned tomato items, peanut butter and canned beans.
Clients receive one large bag of food monthly, including not only canned goods, but fresh bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, and meat, Koci said. The other three weeks they may return for a smaller bag containing fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and other bakery items.
The pantry also offers case management services that help individuals in times of crisis.