You may have noticed an empty plastic bag hanging from your front door or mailbox this week.
It's part of the annual " Scouting for Food" initiative from the Boy Scouts of America; the scouts will pick up the filled bags of food beginning Saturday morning in Dearborn.
Here's what you need to know — and how you can help if you didn't happen to get a bag.
- What's this all about? Scouting for Food is a southeast Michigan effort; scouts in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe and Livingston counties participate. The donations support Gleaners.
- What to put in the bag? Boxed or canned goods only (peanut butter, tuna, soup, ravioli, beef stew, and other high-protein items, for example).
- What NOT to put in the bag? Anything perishable, frozen or in glass.
- When will the food be picked up? The bag collection begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue throughout the day.
- How many will be collected? The goal is 800,000 bags of food.
- How else can I help? Patch is participating in an online food drive to support Gleaners. You can buy anything from a box of granola bars to food for a family for a month by following this link.