A total of 1,186,800 food items, or approximately 593 tons of food, was collected statewide in the recent Scouting for Food drive sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.

Nearly 34,000 boys in four Scout councils - Great Salt Lake, Cache Valley, Lake Bonneville and Utah National Parks - participated in the drive to collect food for the poor, according to Kay Godfrey, a Great Salt Lake Council spokesman.