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2017 Scouting for Food Drive

A Cub Scout promises to "give goodwill" and a Boy Scout promises "to help other people at all times." There is no better way to show our Scouting Spirit than by participating in the annual Scouting for Food drive! Now is the time to show our community the Scouting values of being loyal, helpful, kind and cheerful.

Scouting for Food kickoff will be January 12 during the local roundtable meeting. This is when Scouts throughout the Central Georgia Council help make a difference to fight hunger. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America. Scouting for Food door hangers will be distributed at the January monthly roundtable meeting.  In partnership with local food banks this council-wide service project begins Thursday, January 12th as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts will return, January 20-22 to pick up donated goods and deliver them to their local food banks and pantries.

How Can Your Unit Help Make a Difference?

·                     Follow the tips and instructions found below.

·                     Attend your January Roundtable to pick up your unit's supply of door hangers. If you are unable to attend Roundtable and still would like to collect your door hangers, please contact your District Executive or stop by the Council Service Center.

·                     January 12th- Distribution of door hangers at Monthly Roundtable

·                     January 12th – January 19th are the door hanger drop off dates.

·                     January 20-22 is the food drive pick-up day. (Coordinate pick-up times with Community residents)

FOOD BANK INFORMATION:

Middle Georgia Community Food Bank

Address: 4490 Ocmulgee E Blvd, Macon GA 31217

Phone: (478) 741-8777

Operational hours: Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-5:00pm

2017 Schedule:

·                     Door hangers will be distributed the week of January 14th to January 19th

·                     Non-perishable foods: canned and boxed items (please, no glass)

*For more information, please call Jared Holmes at (317) 294-7349 or email: Jared.Holmes@scouting.org

*Please record the amount of food that was collected and report the results to your unit coordinator. 1 can = 1 pound

 

 

The Perfect Scouting for Food Bag

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Question: With so many canned food options on the store shelves, how do I know what items are best to donate to food drives such as Scouting for Food?

Answer: After consulting with numerous food panties in the Central Ga area and seeking nutrition advice this is what I compiled. The Perfect Bag contains variety of nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups. 

  • 2 cans of hearty soup, stew or chili: Supplies many nutrients.
  • 2 cans of tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon or luncheon meat (e.g., Spam): Contains protein and iron. Canned salmon is a source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • 1 can of fruit: Supplies vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber and other healthy substances.
  • 1 can of 100 percent pure fruit or vegetable juice: Contains vitamin C and often beta carotene.
  • 1 can of vegetables: Supplies beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, complex carbohydrates, fiber and potassium.
  • 1 can of tomato or pasta sauce: Contains vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene, a healthy substance that is more available to your body in canned and cooked tomatoes than in fresh. 
  • 1 canned meal: Offers a variety of ingredients and nutrients.
  • 1 can of beans, refried beans or lentils: Contains plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber.
  • 1 can of evaporated milk: Makes an excellent source of calcium and protein.