Local Boy Scouts will be collecting donations for their annual Scouting for Food drive on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Scouts distributed bags for donations on Nov. 12 to homes in the Highland area and will return this Saturday to pick up donations. The Boy Scouts are collecting nonperishable and canned food items along with personal care items to help those less fortunate in our community.
Items most needed at the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry (HACSM) food pantry at this time are canned vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, beets, spinach, sauerkraut, tomatoes and potatoes), canned fruit (peaches, pears, fruit cocktail and pineapple), Hamburger Helper-type dinners, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, hot and cold cereals, and all types of soups.
Personal care items, such as, shampoo, toothpaste, bar soap and body wash, facial and toilet tissue are always in high demand at the food pantry, as those items cannot be purchased with SNAP (food stamps) benefits.
Due to donations from the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the Highland food pantry is well stocked presently with peanut butter, dry spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, dry rice and dry beans. Please do not donate any items in glass jars.
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The annual Boy Scout food drive has been the largest single food donation for the past several years for the Highland food pantry. It makes a tremendous difference in the pantry’s efforts to help the needy in the Highland area, and the pantry is grateful to the local Scouts for their efforts. Donations may, also, be dropped off at the HACSM offices at 900 Chestnut St. in Highland.