San Francisco, CA (November 20, 2015) – One of the nation’s largest single-day food drives takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 21st. More than 30,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers will go door-to-door around the Bay Area collecting nonperishable food items for local food banks. In Marin alone, this drive has produced 1,078,000 pounds of food in the last 27 years. In 2014, the Boy Scouts brought in 40,000 pounds of much-needed food, and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank predicts an even higher poundage this year.
To show appreciation for the Scouts’ hard work, the Food Bank in Marin will host a free hot dog lunch for approximately 300 to 400 Scouts and their families:
Where: 75 Digital Drive, Novato
When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
What: Hundreds of Scouts and their families will be unloading, sorting, and weighing thousands of pounds of food in just five hours. It is a fun community event that brings neighbors together at the Food Bank. Media and members of the public are invited to watch, pitch in, and share a warm meal.
Residences on the Scouts’ collection routes received a door-hanger promoting the drive, and participating households should place bagged or boxed donations on their doorsteps by 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 21st. Residents who did not receive a door-hanger are not on a collection route, but they can still contribute by dropping off donations on November 21st between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the locations listed below:
Novato: San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Marin Warehouse, 75 Digital Drive San Rafael: Boy Scouts of America, 225 West End Avenue
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San Francisco: San Francisco-Marin Food Bank San Francisco Warehouse, 900 Pennsylvania Avenue
Whole Foods Market and Safeway also have in-store barrels throughout the holiday season to accept donations for all seven Bay Area Food Banks.
About the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
The Food Bank plays a central role in the food assistance network in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four residents is at risk of hunger. Families, seniors and individuals find critical support in the food the Food Bank delivers to its 450 partnering organizations, including 246 weekly grocery pantries. Set up farmer’s market-style, the Food Bank’s pantries enable households to select groceries that can be used to create home- cooked meals. Nearly 60 percent of what is distributed is fresh fruits and vegetables. The Food Bank will distribute more than 48 million pounds of food to the community this year alone – enough for more than 100,000 meals every day.
Media kit: www.sfmfoodbank.org/media-kit
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Boy Scouts Contact
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