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 23, 2021 and February 5, 2021, scouts distribute door hangers to local homes in their community to let them know about the drive.
On or before February 6, 2021, 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 choose a food bank that is listed below.
Door hangers will be available in early- to mid-January to pick up from each district’s leadership. 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.
INCENTIVE: For units that participate in Scouting for Food AND schedule and hold a Family Friends of Scouting presentation, they will be able to book “dirt camping” at a GTBAC camp facility free of charge (excluding any facility or program bookings). For units to qualify for the Scouting for Food incentive, they MUST:
- Have 10% of their youth participate in the effort (this number will be based on end of year 2020 membership numbers)
- Have each youth participating canvass at least 20 homes
- and Report their success (via this link) and participation to the council by Friday, February 12th (information to report will include # of pounds of food collected, # of youth who participated, and the food bank(s) the food was delivered to)
Please record what houses are visited with the door hangers to ensure every home is revisited to collect food on or before Saturday, February 6, 2021.
After each unit delivers food to a local food bank, click here to record unit and individual scout participation. This is required to earn the free camping incentive!
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.
Questions/comments/concerns? Check out the attached “Scouting For Food Best Practices” page and/or contact your District Lead:
|Fort Brooke||Michelle Perryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lake Region||Rebecca Ibarraemail@example.com|
|Suncoast||Amanda Beiter & Cynthia Moyersfirstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com|
|Council||Chris Perry (Scouting for Food Chair)||Christopher.Perry@BayCare.org|
|Council||Jeremy Twachtman (Professional Advisor)||Jeremy.Twachtman@Scouting.org|