Grocery bag drive to assist Scotia's Bread for Life

Wondering what to do with all the plastic and paper grocery bags that have accumulated in your home? Donate them to Scotia's Bread for Life food pantry program and help the group continue to provide nutritious food to more than 80 households in the Eel River Valley.

Bread for Life has announced an ongoing grocery bag drive to support the group's efforts to meet the nutritional needs of more than 170 local residents. One of the biggest expenses of the program for the group is the bags that are used for families to take their food home.

To donate, bring the bags to the Rio Dell Community Resource Center at 95 Center St. in Rio Dell. Both paper and plastic bags are being accepted.

The Bread for Life food pantry program re-located to a new home earlier this year, and currently distributes its food packages from a house on Main Street in Scotia, near the volunteer fire department. The program has been in existence since 1988, when it began as an outreach effort by the congregation of the 100-year-old Presbyterian Scotia Union Church.

The Bread for Life program receives its food primarily from federal agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In addition the group receives generous donations from local businesses and individuals.