Last Saturday, northwest Ohio residents likely found an empty yellow grocery bag tied to their front door.

Throughout the week, members of the Black Swamp Area Council’s Boy Scouts of America are hoping that as you head to the grocery store, you’ll pick up a few extra items to fill those yellow bags.

This Saturday, the youth will volunteer for Good Turn for America, Scouting for Food, to collect those donations. In the 13-county area of Defiance, Williams, Fulton, Hardin, Henry, Van Wert, Paulding, Putnam, Seneca, Hancock, Allen, Mercer and Auglaize, hundreds of scouts will be out retrieving those bags filled with groceries for area food pantries.

Coordinators are asking that the food-filled bags be placed outside one’s front door before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Food collected that day will be distributed to pantries in the northwest Ohio communities in those 13 counties. Volunteers for the annual food drive include Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Explorer Scouts.

Suggested food items include canned goods or other non-perishable items. For the safety of the scouts, coordinators ask that food items not be in glass containers.

For more information about the food drive, call the scout service center at 800-686-4220, or visit the website at

The local food drive is sponsored by Chief and Rays Supermarkets throughout northwest Ohio.

According to the Black Swamp website, Scouting for Food is a council-wide service project to care for people in local communities who are hungry, as well as those in need.

Load comments