The Boy Scouts of America's Baltimore Area Council will be distributing food collection bags to homes in Central Maryland Saturday and Sunday to collect food for the homeless and hungry.

Residents are being asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and leave them outside their doors April 21 to be picked up by local scouts, according to a press release.

The food will then be used to replenish food pantries in Carroll County, as well as Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties and Baltimore City.

While all donations are gratefully accepted, there is a special need for hearty soup, stew or chili, tuna, chicken, salmon, luncheon meat such as Spam, pure fruit juice, evaporated milk, healthy snacks and canned fruit, vegetables, beans, tomato or pasta sauce.

During the same program last year, 10,000 people donated more than 500,000 pounds of food to pantries throughout Central Maryland, according to the release.

For more information, go to http://www.baltimorebsa.org/SFF or contact Scott Hanson at 443-573-2538 or shanson@baltimorebsa.org.

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