Thousands of Iowans found special grocery bags on their front door knobs over the weekend as the Boy Scouts of America try to help feed needy children and families. Daryl Milius, a program director for the Scouts, says they’re trying to make it easy for Iowans to donate non-perishable food items as part of the Scouting For Food Drive.
Milius says:"Pull that bag off the door and find some items on their shelves that they can donate to Scouting For Food and put them in the bag for next Saturday, the 14th. Put those out on their doorstep by 8 A.M. and then the boys will come back around and pick them all up and take them to their food banks and local pantries." He says this is the 13th year for the food drive.
Milius says, "We have increased our goal every year and increased the items we have collected. Last year we did 350,000 items. This year our goal is 360,000 items." He says with everyone’s effort, they will easily be able to meet that goal across parts of three states.
He says: "All of western Iowa, northeastern Nebraska and counties of southern South Dakota so we’ve got 58 counties in all of our neighborhoods, 33,000 youth and 10,000 adult leaders. I think there are about 400 communities in our council right now." If for some reason you can’t leave the food for the April 14th pickup, donations will be accepted at local food pantries.