To The Editor:

Nov. 16 saw the conclusion of the 29th annual “Scouting for Food” drive.

This was another great year, (third best) for donations with over 18,050 items being given to Washington pantries. Since its start, over 400,000 items have been donated to the Washington pantries, and approximately 49 million items in the St. Louis area.

Several hundred Scouts, Scouters and volunteers participated in making this drive a success. It wouldn’t have happened without the help of many groups and businesses. We’d like to thank St. Francis Borgia for the use of the grade school cafeteria over the years. The use of this facility as a central collection point has helped make the food drive operate more efficiently.

We’d also like to thank the SFB, UCC and Loving Hearts pantries, along with their volunteers, for doing the boxing of goods and also supplying a warm lunch for the workers. We appreciate the articles and pictures by The Missourian each year which serves to keep people informed of our drive. KLPW and KSLQ also ran announcements which helped to promote the food drive.

A big thank you goes to the residents of the Washington area. Your continued generosity each year has made our food drive a huge success. It has grown to be one of the largest drives in the area benefiting thousands of people over the years. We hope to have your continued support in the years to come.