Scouting for Food
Each night children and families go to bed hungry. A Scout who helps those in need will develop kindness, compassion and a lifetime need to make a difference in the world.
From the beginning of the Scouting movement, Scouts have been urged to “Do a Good Turn Daily”, as it is the slogan for the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting for Food is an annual program begun in 1986 that collects food for local food banks.
The program begins with Scouts dropping off bags a few days prior to the Scouting for Food day. On December 1, they go back and collect the bags to donate to local food pantries. If no bag is present, a Scout will still knock on the door and ask if they want to donate food.
In Clark County and Cowlitz County, Washington, the entire community gathers to this one-day event called Walk n’ Knock. Here the newspaper distributes the bags and Scouts and community members go door to door asking for donations of food. http://walkandknock.org/
Online Form for Segments! Scouts receive a Scouting for Food segment for participating. Click the link above to submit your Scouting for Food segment request online. Segments will be mailed to the main contact provided.
It's Happening in Your Neighborhood
Local area Scouts will go door-to-door to collect canned goods and other non-perishable food for those in need from local residents. The donations will be taken by the Scouts to drop-sites at designated food pantries in their hometown.
Use the buddy system and be safety conscious.
Additional Items Needed
(but not limited to):
- Diapers (all sizes)
- Toothpaste (all ages)
- Toothbrushes (med/soft)
- Deodorant (antiperspirant)
- Toilet Paper
- Wipes (hypo-allergenic)
- Feminine Hygiene Items
- First-Aid Supplies
- Laundry Soap
Tips to Remember for Scouts Going Door to Door
- 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 8:30AM to avoid waking up residents.
Each district has a Scouting for Food Chairperson who has obtained local drop sites for scouts to deliver the collected food and care items right in their own hometown. Please feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns regarding the process. District contacts coming soon!