For decades Boy Scouts in Utah have made a difference in the lives of thousands by participating in the annual Scouting for Food Drive, one of the three largest statewide food drives held each year.
On March 26, Boy Scouts statewide will again organize food pick up in their individual areas and take the donations to designated drop-off points.
This food drive will be very important to the Carbon, Emery and Grand County Food Banks as they serve people within those counties.
"Food drives provide Carbon, Emery and Grand County Food Banks with an extraordinary amount of non-perishable food," said Kathy Thomas, coordinator of the Emery County Food Bank. "The small contributions of thousands of families really stock our shelves with items that last."
The number of people seeking assistance from the food bank continues to hover at above normal rates, serving around 670 families per month, about 260 more families each month than 2008.
While recent holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas have helped fill the shelves for needy families, lately the shelves at the Carbon County Food Bank have been getting low, according to Mary Quintana, food bank coordinator.
"We really do need the help because the shelves are getting low right now," Quintana said.
Over the years, the Boy Scouts food drive have helped fill the shelves that lasts until another food bank drive is done, Quintana noted.
Residents in the three counties should be receiving paper bags in the mail which can be filled with canned goods. The bags can be placed on the doorstep of homes and on Saturday local Boy Scouts will drive by and pick them up. If people are not able to place a bag on their doorstep, there is still the option of bringing donations to their local food bank on Saturday, Quintana said.
"Everything donated to the food bank is helpful," she said.
Having the Boy Scouts get involved in helping out local food banks is something that shows how young members of the community are finding ways to help out, Quintana said.
"They really help us out," she said. "It's really exciting to see young people involved with a project like this."
The food drive at the Carbon County Food Bank will be taking place on Saturday from 10 a.m. Through 2 p.m.