SALT LAKE CITY — The Boy Scouts will be collecting food Saturday during its 28th annual Scouting for Food drive.

The drive will help stock the shelves of the Utah Food Bank and emergency food pantries statewide. They are hoping to collect more than 1 million meals for the Utah Food Bank and its partner agencies.

Residents will receive bags this week and are asked to put commercially packaged, nonperishable food items outside their front doors by 9 a.m. Products low in sodium, sugar and corn syrup are appreciated. Perishable food and food packaged in glass cannot be accepted.

Once filled, the bags will be picked up by an army of 55,000 Boy Scouts. Food can also be donated at drop-off locations. For more information on the food drive and drop-off locations, visit

Food gathered across the state will greatly impact the one in five Utah children unsure where their next meal will come from and their families. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 36.3 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 28.4 million meals for families and individuals in need.