Nationwide Food Donation Program Begins November 7th With Bag Distribution; Ends With Bag Collection November 14th

Elmira, NY (October 28th, 2015) - Nearly 140 Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing units will head out into communities across the Twin Tier region as part of Scouting for Food. Promoted as the “Good Turn for America”, Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in America. Started in 1985, Scouting for Food has expanded countrywide. Since 1990 Five Rivers Council has collected more than a million food items for our neighbors living with hunger.

On Saturday morning, November 7th, Scouts will go door-to-door distributing bags to residents throughout the 10 counties that make up Five Rivers Council. The bags, donated by TOPS Friendly Markets, are printed with instructions asking the residents to place non-perishable food items in the bag and place it out on their front porch the following Saturday.

Food items needed include:

• Canned items such as vegetables, meat, chili/soups, juices, & baby items

• Boxed or bagged meals and pasta are also welcome

Unusable donation items include:

• Please nothing perishable, frozen or in a glass container

• Monetary donations cannot be accepted

On the following Saturday, November 14th, Scouts will return to collect the filled bags and take them to the designated collection sites where the food is stored, boxed, and transported to local food pantries and kitchens. It is then distributed to people in need – sick and home-bound elders, families in crisis, the homeless, jobless adults and others who need assistance. All food collected will stay in local communities, and benefit food pantries in the Five Rivers Council, 10-county service area.

“On November 7th and 14th over 2,500 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and volunteers in the council will be working together on a critically important service project” said Bill McCahill, Scout Executive of Five Rivers Council. “This drive teaches young people the value of helping others while providing assistance to those in need. It’s a wonderful tradition and one that I am proud to be a part of.”

Food distribution centers have come to rely on this huge influx of food right before the holidays. Thanks to the Scouts and hundreds of adult volunteers, many people who would otherwise go hungry have food for the holidays!


To find out more information on Scouting for Food, please contact

William T. McCahill,

Scout Executive at Five Rivers Council

607-732-9047 or

Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America is a United Way Agency.

special thanks to Corning Incorporated and its employees for generations of support to Scouting

special thanks to the Corning Foundation for its continued support of Scouting through the Employee Matching Gifts and Dollars for Doers Programs 


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