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Boy Scout Food Drive Set For Saturday: Benefits State College Food Bank

by on November 09, 2013 7:30 AM

Area residents can expect to see Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts alike out this weekend collecting food from front porches.

Scouting for Hunger will take place Saturday, Nov. 9. Area Scout troops will be going door-to-door to collect non-perishable food items for the State College Food Bank.

All residents have to do is put the food items on their porch and a Scout will pick them up sometime during the day. Residents can also drop off items directly at the food bank, located at 276 W. Hamilton Ave.

A list of the items the food bank needs can be found by clicking HERE.

Food bank director Carol Pioli says the food drive is a tremendous help to the food bank, especially during the winter months.

"In winter months is when the types of food are different than the types of food people need in the summer," Piolo says. "In the summer there is more of a selection with fresh vegetables and fruits. Winter is when we have to switch to canned fruits and canned vegetables."

Pioli says the food bank has been receiving food from the drive Scout's drive since 1989, and since then has accumulated many tons of donated food.

One problem the food bank does have with the drive is that people give away expired food, and the food bank has to throw it away.

"We still get a lot of expired food and we're unable to give it away," Piolo says. It's very painful to have to throw it away."

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Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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