Narragansett Council Boy Scouts donates 150K pounds of food

PROVIDENCE – The Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America collected more than 150,000 pounds of food across Rhode Island, Connecticut and southeastern Massachusetts during the Boy Scouts’ 35th annual Scouting for Food drive held Nov. 5.

The organization says it collected donations of nutritional, nonperishable canned goods from residents during the annual initiative, which is the largest food drive in New England. The food was subsequently delivered to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and to more than 50 local food pantries to support the community, the organization said.

Since 2020, the Narragansett Council has offered an online donation option for those who are unable to donate food directly. This initiative has raised $18,700 for the food bank, the organization said.

“Scouting for Food is crucial in the effort to alleviate hunger in our communities,” Tim McCandless, CEO of the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement. “This initiative benefits those in need and provides Scouts with an opportunity to build character and give back to their community.”

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