Scouting for Food to take place Saturday

From left, Lucas Wilkerson and Aaron Corbin prepare bags for Scouting for Food.

Those grocery bags left on your doorstep aren’t just regular bags.

They’re an opportunity to help area food pantries during the two busiest times of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Scouting for Food, sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and Inteplast Group, will conduct pickup from Lakeway Area residences this Saturday. The drive benefits Lakeway Area food pantries.

Non-perishable canned or boxed foods are needed to help with holiday hunger. No perishable or frozen foods, or foods in glass containers will be accepted.

“Scout troops and packs in the Cherokee District are preparing to pick up food bags from neighborhoods on Saturday,” said Sheri Sullivan, of the Cherokee District BSA. “Last weekend, thousands of bags and hangtags were handed out throughout the Lakeway Area as the scouts try to help feed those in need through the annual Scouting for Food Campaign. All collections will be donated to area food pantries, most of Hamblen County collections will be donated to Morristown-Hamblen Central Services.”

Lakeway Area Scout troops will be out collecting, sorting and delivering food. Residents are requested to place a bag of non-perishable food items on the porch or near the front door of area residences by 9 a.m. Saturday for a scout to pick up.

For those who did not get bags for food, bags may be obtained at Morristown-Hamblen Central Services. People may also take non-perishable food directly to Central Services, located on South Cumberland Street.

The Cherokee District serves scouts in Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen and Jefferson counties.

In Hawkins County, the Sequoyah Council will begin their drive Saturday by leaving bags at residences. Pickup will be Saturday, Nov. 16. Bags supplied by Food City stores will have instructions inside on what items to donate. The Sequoyah Council drive benefits more than 50 local food agencies. The Sequoyah Council serves more than 16 counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.