The weather may be getting colder, but Scouting for Food efforts are getting hotter and hotter! Scouting for Food is an annual food collection drive run by local councils that benefits thousands of communities across the nation. The Scouting for Food program is among many local initiatives rooted in serving others and the desire for Scouts to “do a good turn daily.”
How to Get Scouting for Food Cookin’ in Your Area
Councils set their own dates for Scouting for Food. Typically, councils hold their drives on back-to-back weekends some time between November and March. That means some councils might begin around November or December for the holidays, while other councils might choose January, February or March for their program. Check with your local council to find out when your local Scouting for Food program begins.
On the first weekend of Scouting for Food, Scouts go door to door with bags and/or door hangers to spread the word about the drive. On the second weekend, Scouts revisit those houses to gather bags bulging with canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishables. All those Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers collecting food serves as a very public reminder that Scouts are here to serve! Once collected, the food is delivered to needy families all throughout the council’s community.
Sounds pretty, easy right? Sure! But as Bryan on Scouting points out, there are several tips to keep in mind for your Scouting for Food efforts to ensure everything runs smoothly. Check out the ten tips Bryan gathered from Scouters like you and consider implementing them in your Scouting for Food plans. Do you have any Scouting for Food tips of your own? Share with us in the comments!