BOUNTIFUL – The annual national Scouting for Food Drive is set for March 22.
Non-perishable food will be collected throughout south Davis to benefit the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.
The pantry serves residents from Bountiful, Centerville, North Salt Lake, West Bountiful and Woods Cross.
North Davis county, from Farmington north, is served by the Family Connection Food Bank, which is in Layton.
“Fight Hunger Statewide” is the theme of this year’s drive, the 28th annual such event.
Statistics show that 17 percent of Utahns are at risk of hunger and one in five Utah children might miss a meal today due to a lack of resources, said Lorna Koci, director of the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.
Food pantries statewide are reporting that food assistance is still in high demand due to current economic conditions, she said.
Items of particular need include high protein and nutritious items such as canned meats, peanut butter and canned vegetables and fruit. Financial donations are also accepted for the Bountiful Pantry at www.bountifulfoodpantry.org.
Scout troops throughout the area will be picking up food donations after 9 a.m. that day.
“It is so rewarding to see the Boy Scouts of America, the Utah National Parks Council (central and Southern Utah), Trapper Trails (north Davis County north), and the Great Salt Lake Council, all working together to help fight hunger within their own communities,” said Ginette Bott, Utah Food Bank chief development officer.
“The food gathered across the state will have a great impact on the one in five Utah kids at risk of missing a meal today,” she said.
Scouts will be delivering food donation bags to homes statewide during the week of March 17. Residents are encouraged to leave food donations on their doorstep by 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. They can use the provided bag or any other bag or box.
Donated food should be commercially packaged and non-perishable items low in sodium, sugar and corn syrup. Most needed items include beef stew, peanut butter, chili, boxed meals, canned meats and canned fruits and vegetables.
“The food donations received from our community will be used to help neighbors and friends in our own community,” Koci said. “Families who go without food look a lot like you and me. They are our neighbors, co-workers and friends, and they need our help.”