Loudoun’s largest annual food drive takes place Saturday, when Cub Scouts and Boy Schools will fan out across the county picking up bags of donations left by residents. The Scouting for Food campaign collects around 100,000 pounds of donations each year.
On Nov. 4, scouts canvassed neighbors throughout the county to deliver plain white bags containing a bookmark with directions and a list of food items needed to replenish the stockrooms of eight local food pantries. Tomorrow, they’ll be back around to pick them up. The items will be taken to Catholic Charities in Leesburg; the Dulles South Food Pantry at the Arcola Methodist Church; LINK in Sterling; Loudoun Hunger Relief storage space behind South King Street Rite-Aid in Leesburg; Messiah’s Market in Ashburn; Seven Loaves in Middleburg; Tree of Life in Purcellville; and the Western Loudoun Food Pantry in Lovettsville.
“These donations could not come at a better time each year,” said Loudoun Hunger Relief Executive Director Jennifer Montgomery. “Often, we are able to start using the Scouts’ food the very next week to restock items such as cereals, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, and meats, such as tuna.”
Last year’s campaign resulted in 89,500 pounds of food donation, down from 104,600 pounds in 2015. The record was set in 2013, with donations totaled 113,800 points.
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