Filling "Feeding the Gulf Coast" Thanksgiving boxes


The holidays are just around the corner, and local agencies are gearing up to give back. One of those agencies, Feeding the Gulf Coast is getting ready to distribute thousands of Thanksgiving meal boxes tomorrow to make sure no one goes hungry this year.

This weekend is the seventh annual food drive, Scouting for Food. This Saturday, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ventures, Sea Scouts, Explorers and Girl Scouts from all over southwest Alabama will collect food directly from front doors and donate it to Feeding the Gulf Coast to stock the agency's shelves in preparation for the busy holiday season.

"This could not come at a better time," says Cathy Pope, Feeding the Gulf Coast's President & CEO. "Local families typically need more food during the holidays with children being out of school. Some parents and grandparents struggle to provide those extra meals at home and continue paying the bills. This food drive will help us make sure we have enough food to give out during the busy holiday season."

Thanks to local scouts, residents of Baldwin, Clarke, Mobile and Washington Counties can donate to this food drive without leaving their homes. The scouts have distributed grocery bags to people's homes in these counties, and have asked the community to fill up these bags with non-perishable canned goods and leave the bags outside their door this Saturday. Scouts will pick up the bags between 8am and 2 pm this Saturday, November 5. Scouts will deliver the food to the nearest Greer's Market, CashSaver or Food Tiger, where Feeding the Gulf Coast will then collect the canned food.

If you live in these counties, and did not receive a grocery bag, but would like to participate in the food drive, you can drop off your non-perishable food donation at any of the Greer's listed below before November 12.

Scouting for Food 2015 brought in over 22,000 pounds of food, which helped the food bank provide more than 18,000 meals to our neighbors who are struggling with hunger.