Scouting for Food 2024
As scouts, we know how fortunate we are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And we know that not everyone is so lucky. Scouting for Food is a food-collection drive where scouts get out into their neighborhoods and collect food items to be delivered to families in need. It’s another reminder to our local communities that scouts are here, doing good turns.
Between the dates of January 8, 2024 and February 10, 2024, scouts distribute door hangers to local homes in their community to let them know about the drive.
On or before February 11, 2024, scouts will revisit those houses to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items. The food is then delivered to food banks across the district. If your unit does not have a food bank to distribute the food to, then please contact your district lead for food bank options in your area.
Door hangers will be available starting Monday, January 8 to pick up from each district's leadership or from the council office. Emails will be sent out to registered units once door hangers are available for pick-up with information about how and when to pick them up.
Please record what houses are visited with the door hangers to ensure every home is revisited to collect food on or before Sunday, February 11, 2024.
After each unit delivers food to a local food bank, record unit and individual scout participation. Record your success through this link: https://forms.gle/b7r8B8Uoi21zTC37A
Each district has identified several food banks for you (see attached "Food Pantry Locations" list for addresses and hours of operation). If you plan to take collected food to another location not listed, please check their hours of operation and capacity. When you report your success to council, make sure to include where the food was delivered.
Our Scouting for food chair, Chris Perry, executed a 40-mile hike from Tampa to Lakeland last year to raise awareness for this program. He is planning to do somethig similar again this year and is looking for ideas. if you have any ideas, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions/comments/concerns? Check out the attached "Scouting For Food Best Practices" page and/or contact your District Lead:
|Chris Perry (Scouting for Food Chair)
|Jeremy Twachtman (Professional Advisor)