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Phone (570) 784-2700
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Scouting For Food

What is Scouting for Food?

Scouting for Food is a door-to-door food drive that began in 1987 as a way of combating hunger in our local communities. Fighting hunger became one of the “five unacceptables” issued by the national office of the Boy Scouts of America and became the emphasis for all Scout councils across America. The other four were unemployment, illiteracy, child abuse and drug abuse. Scouting for Food continues to be a major program for many councils on an annual basis.

Why do we do it?

  • Scouting has always played a major role in assisting the nation when in need. During World War II, Scouts recycled car tires and metal for the war effort in Europe.
  • In the 1960’s, Scouts collected paper, glass and aluminum as the country began to emphasize the need to take care of our environment and to reuse certain products to reduce the size of our landfills.
  • Today, with Scouting membership over 3 million nationwide, we can and do have a major impact in helping families and children in need get enough food to eat on a daily basis. Today, the need to help hungry families is greater than ever!

How is food collected?

Units can either pick up their Scouting for Food Door Hangers at the Council Service Center, or make their own. Then the unit will canvas their neighborhood, typically on a Saturday, leaving the door hanger on their neighbors' front doors. The door hanger asks that the family leave out a bags of food for the Scouts to pick up the following week. The door hanger also describes what foods are acceptable or not.

When is Scouting for Food conducted?

A council wide coordinated Scouting for Food drive is usually conducted in the Fall or early Spring. However Packs, Troops,and Crews can conduct their own Scouting for Food collection drives anytime. Simply distribute your Scouting for Food Door Hangers in your targeted area a week in advance of your scheduled pickup.  Units in areas served by multiple Packs, Troops, and/or Crews should coordinate their Scouting For Food drives with the other nearby units.

Instructions for Conducting Your Unit's Scouting for Food Drive

UNIT PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. All members, both youth and adult, should be in uniform during Scouting for Food activities.
  2. Determine an assembly place and time distribution and collection (Use your regular unit meeting place or another convenient location.)
  3. Contact the Council office (570-784-2700 or [Click for member's page]) to provide the dates of the unit food drive and the precise territory being covered within 2 weeks of the event to ensure there no conflicts with other units.
  4. Be sure that scouts travel in groups of two or more, with adequate adult supervision.
  5. Provide enough vehicles for the number of boys participating and the area to be covered.
  6. Vehicles should stay as close to the boys as possible.  It is advisable for adults to be on the streets during distribution.
  7. Plan to remind all participants during the week of the drop off and collection.
  8. Unit leaders must make sure the distribution and collection guidelines listed below are followed.
  9. The Council Office can provide contact information for community organizations that will accept food donations.

DISTRIBUTION AND COLLECTION GUIDELINES

  1. All unit members work the assigned territory only.
  2. On boundary streets, collect only on your side of the street unless you are given other instructions.
  3. Distribute to residences only. Skip businesses and apartments with controlled access or rules against solicitation.
  4. Scouts should knock on the door and give the residents the item. If there is no answer, leave it on the door. Do Not put in mailboxes.  DO NOT ENTER ANY HOME FOR ANY REASON.
  5.  Scouts should be instructed to remain outside homes.  They must not enter any home.

REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take pictures of the Scouts participating in your unit's Scouting For Food Drive.
  2. Log your units service hours on the Journey to Excellence website (CLICK HERE)External Link and print out the certificate for this activity.
  3. Download and complete the 2018-2019 Scouting For Food Report Form 2018-2019 (CLICK HERE).
  4. Turn in the completed report form, photos, and service hours log certificate to the Council Service Center, at which point you may purchase the desired quantity of Scouting For Food patches.
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