The Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council (BAC) is hosting its annual Scouting for Food initiative through March 5. As part of a national program recognizing youth for their service to the community, local scouts will collect non-perishable food items to stock the empty cabinets of local food pantries and feeding programs.

The BAC scouts collected food for the homeless in central Maryland. Residents are asked to fill the collection bags with non-perishable foods and to leave the filled bags outside their doors for the scouts to collect on March 5.

BAC has partnered with Mars Super Markets, FPC Solutions, and Fox45 and the CW Baltimore for this project.

More than 70 food pantries in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County will receive the food donations. Last year, with the help of over 12,000 individuals, the BSA provided more than 420,000 pounds of food to pantries that service hungry families all over central Maryland. This year, those pantries are serving a record number of individuals. With this program, Scouts plan to collect even more food to aid their neighbors in need.

All donations are gratefully appreciated, however there is a special need for the following items: hearty soup, stew or chili, tuna, chicken, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam), canned fruit, pure fruit juice, canned vegetables, canned tomato or pasta sauce, canned beans, and evaporated milk.

For additional information please visit or contact, Scott Hanson at 443-573-2538,