Volunteers and local scouts plan to collect non-perishable food during the annual Scouting for Food project on Saturday in Carroll County.

Groups will return to the homes where they placed fliers last Saturday to collect food items for the Community Food Pantry and the Carroll County Crisis Center.

Volunteers will begin collections at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Scoutmaster Scott Nab said in a press release.

Volunteers plan to canvass the city streets of Carrollton, M & T Road, Indian Hills, Sycamore Trace, Camellia Court, Burley Estates, Meadowbrook and Oakview Estates subdivisions. People who live outside of the pick-up areas and want to participate in the drive can leave their donated items at the Carroll County Water District #1 office in Ghent, the Carroll County Public Library, churches or the barrel at the Kroger store.

Local food pantry treasurer Ruth Baxter said the food pantries expect to fill nearly 300 families' requests for food baskets at Christmas.

"While all donated food items are appreciated, we really need canned meat or tuna, canned soup, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and jelly, dried beans and rice," she said. "This is the only collection we make each year for food items, so it is important that we receive sufficient quantities to provide food for the needy of this community year round."

Philip Morris International has donated $5,000 to supplement the canned items in the Christmas food baskets. The money will help to purchase milk, bread, margarine and hamburger for each of the baskets, which allow a family of four to eat for three to five days.

People wanting to volunteer with the project should meet at St. John's Catholic Church parking lot on Fifth Street by 9 a.m. on Saturday. Drivers are needed to assist scouts in collecting the donated food items, and volunteers are needed to unbag, sort and shelf donated items.

For more information about the Scouting for Food project, contact Nab at (502) 732-9208 or Baxter at (502) 732-6688.