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Local Boy Scouts Hosting Food Drive for the Hungry in the Ozarks

Ozarks Food Harvest

Local Boy Scouts are going door to door this month collecting food for Ozarks Food Harvest to distribute to its network of 270 pantries and programs.  The 28th annual Scouting for Food goes through March 25.

Scouts are leaving plastic grocery bags on doors in southwest Missouri, and residents are asked to put nonperishable food items in them. According to Ozarks Food Harvest, donations are typically picked up the following weekend, and residents should leave the bag filled with items on their porch.  

 Last year’s food drive collected a record 29,745 pounds of food along with  $442. 

Besides leaving donations on your porch,  food can also be donated on March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walmart stores on Independence and Campbell and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Markets on E. Republic Rd. and S. Glenstone.  Donations will also be accepted at the Ozark Trails Council headquarters, 1616 E. Eastgate and at Ozarks Food Harvest,2810 N. Cedarbrook, during the week leading up to March 25.

Kurtis Grothoff, a district executive with Ozark Trails Council, said the food drive teaches scouts, “how to take care of others and their community.”


Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.