Scouting for Food brings in thousands of donations

Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-12 23:49:58-05

The Idaho Foodbank's Hope for the Holidays campaign kicked off Saturday with one of the biggest food drives of the year: Scouting for Food.

Hundreds of Boy Scouts spread out across the Treasure Valley collecting bags filled with canned goods.

The Idaho Foodbank is always in need of canned proteins, fruits and vegetables, especially this time of year.

Once all the food is back at the warehouse, they will need volunteers to help sort through it all.

"That takes a lot of manpower. We have shifts that are available for the volunteers," said Karen Vauk, Idaho Foodbank president and CEO. "All of that is accessible, you can sign up our website,, it will show you what the volunteer times are, you can sign up for a time that works best for you."

The scouts are on track to meet their goal of gathering 150,000 pounds of food. In Boise alone, 35,000 pounds was collected.

The Idaho Foodbank is currently in need of turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday.