Governor encourages Utahns to participate in statewide food drive

Fifty-five thousand Utah Boy Scouts will go door-to-door this Saturday morning to pick up food donations during Utah’s 30th annual Scouting For Food drive.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert made the first food donation at Thursday’s kickoff event and signed an official proclamation declaring Sat. March 19 as “Scouting for Food Day in Utah.”

“Hunger is something that affects everyone, not just those living on the street. In fact, the reality is that it more likely affects your neighbors and people you care about,” said Gov. Herbert.

With food donations from the holiday season starting to dwindle, now is an important time to help the Utah Food Bank restock its shelves. Nearly 423,000 Utahns are affected by hunger annually and one in five Utah children are at risk of missing a meal each day, according to the Utah Food Bank.

Utahns who would like to participate in the food drive can place non-perishable food items on their doorstep this Sat., March 19 before 9:00 a.m., and Boy Scouts will come to their door to pick up the food.

Ryan Buhler, a First Class Boy Scout, encouraged all Utahns to participate in the food drive, saying that many could be surprised to learn that their own classmates and neighbors are experiencing hunger.  

The Boy Scouts of America, Utah Food Bank and Utah National Guard have all partnered to ensure this year’s Scouting for Food Day will be a success.

View the declaration here.