Members of Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32 gather with their leaders.

OCEAN CITY — Scout Troop 32 will once again participate in the national Scouting For Food program, and kick-off its involvement at the city's Halloween Parade.

Scouting for Food is an annual program of the Boy Scouts of America, begun in 1985, and involves collecting for local food banks. It is organized and supported at the local level throughout the country.

“We encourage local residents to bring canned and dry goods to the Ocean City Halloween Parade this Thursday, Oct. 25th,” said Scoutmaster Dean Mitzel. “All donations will be delivered by our scouts to the Ocean City Food Cupboard.”

The food drive, which collects nonperishable items, provides much-needed food items to help fight hunger in our communities. One out of five children and one out of every twelve households with seniors go hungry in New Jersey. In New Jersey alone, 900,000 people rely on food banks just to survive.

Items needed include:

• Nonperishable food items

• Canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)

• Soups and stews (beef stew, chili, meat-based soups)

• 100 percent fruit juices (all sizes)

• Grains (pasta, whole grain pasta, rice, brown rice, boxed macaroni & cheese)

• Cereals (multi grain, low sugar such as cheerios, cornflakes, raisin bran, grape nuts, oatmeal)

• Canned vegetables

• Canned fruits

• Condiments

• Hygiene products (diapers, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste

For more information about the Scouting For Food Program or Troop 32, contact Scoutmaster Dean William Mitzel at 609-938-0725 or email Dean@DeanMitzel.com.

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