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November 8, 2011 > Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food

Submitted By Jara Fansler

This weekend, Cub Scouts from Niles Pack 112 will start their annual food drive campaign called "Scouting for Food." The scouts will distribute flyers door-to-door in an effort to collect cans on Saturday, November 19 for Alameda County Community Food Bank. Pack 112 will join roughly 40,000 volunteers in Bay Area Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers and Explorers to collect cans of food for the annual food drive.

In a new effort this year, the Boy Scouts have partnered with Lions Clubs to collect used eyeglasses to donate to the needy in developing countries. Donations of eyeglasses may be placed on top of your food donations on November 19.

"Scouting for Food" was established as a service project by the Boy Scouts of America in 1988 and the annual effort is one of the largest collections of non-perishable food. Food banks have come to rely upon the huge influx of food right before the holidays. Pack 112 hopes to collect 2,000 cans of food this year to help feed the hungry right here in our own communities. Thanks to the Scouts and thousands of parents and volunteers, many people who would otherwise go hungry have food for the holidays.

As a part of the Mission Peak District of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, which encompasses the City of San Francisco and the County of Alameda, Pack 112 is sponsored by Niles Congregational Church and has been serving the Niles community for over 17 years.

Look for a Scouting for Food flyer on your door beginning November 12. It will have information about the types of food we are collecting. Please place food donations in a recycled bag or box and put it outside in view of the street by 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 19.

For more information, please contact Pack 112 through our website at

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