‘Scouting for Food’ is Saturday

Fort Dodge boys are “scouting for food” Saturday.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts have been putting out hangers on doorknobs to prepare for the Boy Scouts of America Scouting for Food drive. The scouts will pick up nonperishable items on doorsteps by 8 a.m. Saturday.

Food can also be left at the drop box in Hy-Vee for a week following the pickup day, said Senior District Executive Jim Dean. The food will be donated to local food pantries.

Last year Fort Dodge Scouts collected more than 800 food items, Dean said. In the Mid-America Council, which includes 58 counties in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, Scouts collected 277,024 items.

Items needed include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, cereal, pancake mix, canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna or chicken, pork and beans, pasta and sauce, and boxed meals.