Thousands of Boy Scouts around St. Louis were busy over the weekend helping feed families in our area during the 32nd annual Scouting for Food.

This year, Scouts from the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America collected a total of 2,196,237 food items, the third-largest collection ever recorded! That is 240,712 more items than last year.

Photos: 32nd annual Scouting for Food

The collected items were taken to local firehouses where the donations were sorted, boxed, and sent to more than 500 area food banks. The donations will provide over 500,000 meals to those in need.

If you did not receive a Scouting for Food bag, forgot to place your bag outside, or would like to donate more non-perishable food items you can drop off canned donations to MERS Missouri Goodwill until Nov. 26, 2016.