Scouting For Food
Scouting For Food!
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Scouting For Food FAQ's
Scouting for Food is an annual community service event conducted by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and many other scouting organizations around the world.
The goal is to collect food for local food banks and pantries to help combat hunger in the community. Here are some key points about Scouting for Food:
1. Purpose: Scouting for Food aims to raise awareness about hunger and encourage scouts to actively contribute to their communities by collecting and donating food to those in need.
2. Participation: Scouting for Food typically involves scouts of different ages, from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA and Venturers. It is often a joint effort involving scout units and volunteers from various groups, such as churches, schools, and community organizations.
3. Collection: Scouts distribute flyers or door hangers in their neighborhoods, informing residents of the upcoming food drive. On the designated collection day or days, they return to collect donated non-perishable food items left outside residents' doors or in designated drop-off locations.
4. Sorting and Distribution: Once the collection is complete, scouts and adult volunteers sort and organize the donated food items. They ensure that the items are within their expiration date and suitable for consumption. The collected food is then delivered to local food banks or pantries, where it can be used to help those in need.
5. Impact: Scouting for Food has a significant impact on local communities. It helps to alleviate hunger by providing food resources to those who may not have access to a sufficient supply. The event also fosters a sense of civic responsibility and teaches scouts the importance of service and helping others.
6. Expansion: Besides collecting food, some scouting organizations have expanded the scope of Scouting for Food to include other charitable activities. This may involve participating in food drives organized by larger community initiatives, or engaging in projects that address poverty and food insecurity in a more comprehensive manner.
Overall, Scouting for Food is a meaningful and impactful initiative that brings together scouts and community members to address the issue of hunger in their local areas.
Drop Off Locations:
Middle Georgia Food Bank ( Macon-Bibb)
Salvation Army (Warner Robins)
Monroe County (TBA)
Peach County (TBA)
What can be donated:
Canned and Dry Food Products are needed (no frozen, glass or perishable items please!) In addition to canned foods, Scouts will be happy to accept the following items:
- Diapers (all sizes)
- Toothpaste (all ages)
- Toothbrushes (med/soft)
- Deodorant (antiperspirant)
- Toilet Paper
- Wipes (hypo-allergenic)
- Feminine Hygiene Items
- First-Aid Supplies
- Laundry Soap
You can help! It’s as easy as these 5 steps!
Pick a date that you want to collect food from your neighbors. Be sure to give your neighbors 7-10 days so they have time to order the food.
Email or call your neighbors, or leave them a note to let them know when you are collecting.
Here is a template to get you started. Be sure to also send out a reminder the day before you are collecting food.
"Hi neighbor! My name is (First and Last Name) and I am a Scout in (Pack/Troop/Crew/Ship) (Number). I am Scouting for Food this month to help families in our community. I will have a (plastic tub on my driveway on date from time-time) if you are interested in donating (or call my parents and we will swing by to pick up your donation from your driveway). My family will take the food our neighborhood collects and deliver it to a local food pantry."
Questions, please contact my (Mom/Dad/Grandmother) at (Phone/Email).
Thank you for helping others!
- Collect the food. Be sure to wear gloves and wash your hands before and after you handle the food.
- Drop-off the food at a local food pantry in your area.
- Fill out the form below to report how many items you collected to receive your Scouting for Food patch!
Tips to remember for Scouts going door-to-door:
- Use the buddy system and be safety conscious.
- Never enter a house that is not yours.
- Scouts are never to ride in the back of pick-ups.
- Always wear safety belts while riding in a vehicle.
- Always make sure you are accompanied by an adult.
- Please wear your Scout uniform.
- Be friendly and courteous to everyone you meet.
- Remember to thank people even if they don't contribute.
- Never start before 9:30 AM to avoid waking up residents.