Kroger Central Division leaders, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and others came together at Gleaners Food Bank on March 21 to formally launch the 27th annual “Scouting for Food” drive.
The drive will run through April 20 in 101 Kroger stores across the operating division, including the Indianapolis metropolitan area, Terre Haute, the Fort Wayne region, Anderson, Lafayette, Kokomo, Huntington, Monticello, Peru, and South Bend.
Participating Girl Scout and Boy Scout units in will also be going door-to-door in local communities collecting food donations. Each Scout unit will select a date that is convenient to their community. Some scout units may opt to deliver bags with attached instructions to residential neighborhoods in advance.
The food donations will go to local food pantries or, if a local pantry is not designated, to regional food banks.
Kroger’s Community Ambassador in each store has a list of designated food pantries. Collection bins have been placed in participating Kroger stores for customers to place pre-bagged $3, $5, and $10 food bags into large collection bins.
Customers also have the option of placing their own non-perishable food items in those collection bins.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be in Kroger stores on the first three Saturdays of the food drive to assist customers who make donations on those days. Kroger has worked with food bank staff to identify the most critically-needed items to place in the pre-bagged food bags.
The total collected in 2012 was 84,478 pounds, valued at $131,785 or 65,893 meals for hungry Hoosiers.