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2015 Scouting For Food

posted Oct 25, 2015, 2:42 PM by Webmaster Pack 1545   [ updated Nov 15, 2015, 3:18 PM ]


Scouting for Food is an annual food collection orchestrated by Scouts from National Capital Area Council. Local Scouts distribute plastic bags to homes across the region and return to pick up the bags one week later, now filled with food. Collected food is distributed to needy families throughout the community.

Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships throughout the Council will be distributing Scouting for Food donation bags in local neighborhoods. They return to collect those bags one week later.

Our pack has been assigned neighborhood areas along Rolling Road near our chartered organization, Rolling Valley Elementary School.  

When and Where

  • Bag Distribution: Saturday, November 7
  • Food Collection:  Saturday, November 14
For both activities we will meet in the parking lot of Rolling Valley Elementary School at 9am to go over the instructions and safety rules, choose drivers, and assign specific zones to each den.

What's Needed

According to our friends at Capital Area Food Bank, some of the most highly needed items are:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)
  • Soups & stews (beef stew, chili, meat-based soups)
  • 100% fruit juices (all sizes)
  • Grains (pasta, whole grain pasta, rice, brown rice, boxed macaroni & cheese)
  • Cereals (multi grain, low sugar such as cheerios, cornflakes, raisin bran, grape nuts, oatmeal)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Condiments
  • Hygiene products (diapers, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste)

Safety Guidelines

  • Distribute bags to residences only:
    • NO businesses
    • NO housing areas with controlled access
    • NO places with posted rules prohibiting solicitation
  • Youth members should ALWAYS stay in sight of the adult in charge.
  • NEVER enter anyone's home under any circumstances.
  • Politely decline any cash contributions as this violates National BSA policy.
  • Adults need not go door-to-door with the Scouts. They should be close by to keep an eye on all activity.
  • All youth members and adult leaders should wear their Scout uniform during Scouting for Food activities.
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