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Scouts Gear Up For Massive Food Drive

© Leesburg Today - 11/03/2015

Starting on Saturday, area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be reaching out to residents for food pantry donations that will be collected next Saturday, Nov. 14, in the region's largest annual food drive.

As part of the Scouting for Food campaign, many residents will find plastic bags on their doors this Saturday. If so, the scouts will return on Nov. 14 to pick up any that have been filled with donations that will be distributed to eight community assistance nonprofits.

Those who aren't visited by scouts may still participate, by dropping off donations at one of the eight collection sites where scouts will be sorting and storing the food.

Last year's drive collected almost 98,000 pounds of food. In 2013, the collection totaled 104,000 pounds.

The most requested donations included canned soup, vegetables, fruit and proteins; multigrain cereal, oatmeal, mac and cheese and other grains; and staples such as paper plates and napkins.

Food pantries slated to receive the donations are Catholic Charities (Leesburg); Dulles South Food Pantry (located at Arcola Methodist Church); LINK (Sterling); Loudoun Interfaith Relief (food collection will be at the side of Rite-Aid on South King Street in Leesburg); Messiah's Market (Ashburn); Seven Loaves (Middleburg); Tree of Life (Purcellville); and Western Loudoun Food Pantry (Lovettsville).

For more information, go to ncacbsa.org/group/goosecreek/.

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