It was another good year for the 34th annual Scouting for Food drive with 15,400 items collected and donated to Washington food pantries.

Since its start, more than 480,000 items have been donated in Washington and 58 million in the entire St. Louis area.

Several hundred local Scouts participated in making the 2018 drive a success and a project like this can’t happen without the help of many groups and businesses.

The Washington area packs and troops thanks St. Francis Borgia for the use of its grade school cafeteria over the years.

The use of this facility as a central collection point has helped make the food drive easier and operate more efficiently.

The local Scouts also thanked the SFB, St. Peter’s UCC and Loving Hearts food pantries along with their volunteers for doing the boxing of goods and supplying a warm lunch for workers.

The Scouts also appreciated the articles and pictures by The Missourian each year which keeps people informed and helps promote the food drive.

Additionally, the Scouts thanked the residents of the Washington area for their continued generosity each year, which has made the annual food drives successful.