Scouting for Food – April 23-30, 2017

Because A Scout is Helpful

Update: Door Hangers
 Door Hangers are available this year by contacting Scott Janke  at  or picking them up at the February or March rountable. The number of door hangers is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Use the link at the bottom of this page to see what the door hanger looks like! Pick them up at the April Roundtable!

Scouting for Food is a week long collection event that can be completed anytime between April 23 -30, 2017. Your service hours are submitted through the ‘Service Hours Website’.

Scouts go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items for the less fortunate. The food is distributed to local food pantries across the district.

The First Step

The first step in getting your unit involved in a food drive is to find a Scouting For Food Chairman – someone that will organize and promote your project. The following is how it usually works:

  • Bags are distributed to homes with instructions on pick-up date – usually the next weekend.
  • Full bags are collected.
  • Bags are delivered to the food bank.

General Guidelines for Organizing Your Unit’s Scouting for Food Program

  • Contact local food bank to make sure they want help
  • Source of bags – a local supermarket possibly – District will not provide the bags. Here is a good site to  get your bags – Generic ‘Thank You’ Bags
  • Define date for drive, probably a Saturday – fall is popular, but spring is a time when many food shelves are low – Determine how many scouts will participate and how many adults will be available to drive when picking up food
  • Determine how many homes can be covered in buddy teams – in single home neighborhoods, about 175-200 houses can be handled in 2 hours
  • Determine number of bags needed
  • On a city map, mark out what area your unit will cover
  • Divide the area into smaller sections for teams to choose
  • Make maps and sign-up sheet available at unit meetings prior to event
  • Create instructions to include with distributed bags
  • Distribute bags and instructions to scouts before event – Scouts should staple instructions to bags
  • One your unit collects the bags – maybe meet to ‘celebrate, or hand out a patch’.
  • DO YOUR BEST to estimate the amount of food collected in .lbs and how many hours the entire project took.
  • REPORT your totals thought the ‘SERVICE HOURS WEBSITE‘ website. Directions are provided using the link to the left.

For a Smooth Running Food Collection Program, Remember These Tips

  • Have patrol leaders call to remind scouts the night before distribution and collection.
  • Assemble all scouts and adults at 8:45am to receive final instructions before distributing and collecting bags.
  • All scouts wear uniforms when distributing and collecting bags
    Scouts stay in buddy teams
  • Begin distribution and collection after 9:00am, not earlier
  • Hang the bags on front door – do not knock, but if the resident is outside or greets you, explaing the program
  • Before the collection date, post reminder signs at entrances to main neighborhoods and at key intersections.
  • It takes more time to distribute bags than to collect bags, so one collection team can cover two distribution team areas.
  • Only collect visible bags – do not knock or ask for bags.
  • Have a couple of ‘Clean Up’ teams to cover the entire area after the collection teams have completed. These Clean Up teams drive the area looking for any missed bags and signs to ensure complete coverage.

Whether on a distribution team, collection team, or clean up team, each time commitment will be about 2 hours. This is a great excuse to get out and hike a couple miles while performing service to the local community. Your scouts will be amazed at how much food they will collect if this is a new event for your unit. It is a tangible example of the generousity of people in your town.


Scott Janke
Vice Chair and Key 5

Post expires on Monday May 1st, 2017

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