Loudoun’s Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were busy Saturday morning collecting tons of food donations and delivering the haul to food pantries throughout the county.
The Scouting for Food campaign is Loudoun’s largest annual food drive.
Last weekend, scouts distributed white plastic collection bags to homes. They returned this morning to pick up the ones that had been filled by residents with canned food and other supplies.
It’s a kick-off to the busiest time of year for the food pantries as they work to ensure everyone has holiday dinners on the table.
The donations were delivered to Catholic Charities in Leesburg; the Dulles South Food Pantry in Arcola; LINK in Sterling; Loudoun Hunger Relief in Leesburg; Messiah’s Market in Ashburn; Seven Loaves in Middleburg; Tree of Life in Purcellville; and the Western Loudoun Food Pantry in Lovettsville.
It will take a day or two to total up today’s donations. Last year, the effort resulted in 105,000 pounds of donations. The record was set in 2009, when collections totaled 113,825 pounds.