The Boy Scouts’ 34th annual “Scouting for Food” drive will begin this Saturday, Nov. 10. 

Several hundred Scouts and scouters will drop off bags to area homes. They will return Saturday, Nov. 17, to pick up the bags filled with donated items. 

“Scouting for Food” was started in 1985 by the Greater St. Louis Area Council. It has become the nation’s largest one-day food drive.

Last year over 18,000 items were collected. 

Approximately 57 million items have been collected in the St. Louis area since 1985. 

All items donated in the Washington area will go to local food pantries. 

Suggestions for donated items are canned stews, soups, meats, vegetables and fruits. 

Perishable, frozen and glass items will not be accepted. 

Those participating must place the bags in visible sight on their porch or door by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. 

Arrangements to pick up items can be made until 1 p.m. by calling 636-239-6701, ext. 1281.