Several hundred local Boy Scouts will be collecting brown paper sacks later this week, bags that they left at an estimated 10,000 Lawrence homes Saturday.
Scouts are asking Lawrence area residents to fill bags with nonperishable food items as part of the annual "Scouting for Food" drive.
Mike O'Connor, chairman of the drive, said scouts typically collect about 15 percent of bags they distribute.
"About 50 percent of the people intend on donating, but they forget to do it by the end of the week," he said.
O'Connor said residents should not put glass containers or opened items in the bags.
"You'd be amazed at how many people give a half box of cereal, or open containers of Tang or a flavor of Kool-Aid they don't like," he said. "It's amazing how much of that we get and have to throw away."
Residents should place bags with food items on their porches by 8 a.m. Saturday.
"It's fun running around putting the bags down and getting the food the next week," said Andrew Avila, 13. "It's fun getting the whole community involved."
"I think it's good because scouts can get service hours to help homeless and people who need help," said 12-year-old Michael Jordan.
Scouts will deliver the bags to the local Salvation Army, which will then distribute them to local food pantries, said Sandra Wiechert, communications coordinator for the drive.
Last year, 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of food were collected, O'Connor said.
Scouting for Food is an annual, national "good turn" service project of the Boy Scouts of America, Wiechert said.
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