Scouts Pick Up 147K Pounds of Food in Treasure Valley's Second Largest Food Drive

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There are scores of efforts throughout the year to help stock the shelves of the Idaho Foodbank, but few are more successful or widespread than the annual "Scouting for Food" campaign.

On Saturday, scouts spread out across the Treasure Valley to participate in the region's second largest annual food drive. Donation bags were distributed through the past week, and residents filled the bags with canned and shelf-stable food for the scouts to pick up.

As of late Saturday, preliminary results tallied more than 147,000 pounds of donated food. It's expected that more than 122,500 meals could be provided with the food, benefiting an area—from Ada and Canyon to Elmore and Gem counties—where an estimated 93,000 people are food insecure, including 35,000 children.