LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Area boy scouts are helping to feed families in our area communities this month.

The annual Scouting for Food event kicked off Saturday morning in La Crosse. Boy Scouts from across the Coulee Region went door to door in several towns to drop off bags asking for donations for local food pantries. The Hunger Task Force in La Crosse will ultimately gather the food, then distribute it to pantries.

Organizers say the event helps out those pantries, when they're in need of it most.

"March is the neediest time of year,” said Amy Bettis, scout master for Troop 11. “Everybody thinks to donate around the holidays, but in March the food pantries are severely depleted, so anything they could do to boost their supplies would be greatly appreciated."

Last year, Troop 11 collected more than 1,000 pounds of food through the event. This year, they plan to drop off more than 2,000 bags around the community. They expect to return to collect the bags next Saturday.