Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts representing Twin Valley Council will be joining in the fight against hunger March 17-24 through Scouting for Food, one of the largest food collection events in southern Minnesota.

The purpose of the project is to provide the youth members of the Boy Scouts of America an opportunity to better understand the problems of hunger and help them realize that they can have an impact and help with community concerns.

Scouts will be placing door tags throughout neighborhoods this coming Saturday (March 17), and then March 24 the Scouts will be canvassing the same neighborhoods to pick up food donations. Residents should place non-perishable items they wish to donate in a bag outside their door by 9 a.m.

People who did not receive a Scouting for Food notice but would like to contribute may drop off donations March 24 at the food shelf in their local community. Donations may also be dropped off March 26 at ECHO Food Shelf or the Twin Valley Council Office.

The types of food most needed are nutritional non-perishable food items, such as cereal, baby formula, complete package meals and canned goods including vegetables, fruits, meats and chunky soups.

Food collected by the Scouts will be sorted and distributed to their nearest food shelf organizations. Throughout southern Minnesota more than 900 Scouts in the Twin Valley Council are going to participate.

Area Scouts collected 36,000 pounds of food last year. In keeping with the values of Scouting, Boy Scouts devote themselves to community service.

For more information on Scouting, including diversity/specialty programs, visit twinvalleybsa.org.