Its not too late- sign up for Scouting for Food now!

Missed the council recommended date?  No worries, you can participate any time throughout the year!

See below for details on our new virtual food drive option and to sign up!

What is Scouting for Food?

Scouting for Food is a massive, annual, council wide food drive.  This is an awesome (and easy!) community service opportunity for your group where scouts can easily help fight hunger locally.  Each year, scouts collect thousands of pounds of food for food banks in the Chief Seattle Council area, and your hard work makes a big difference!  In 2019 alone, scouts in Chief Seattle Council collected over 74,000 pounds of food. 

This year things look a little different as many food banks are unable to accept physical donations.  But scouts are resilient, so we are adding an option to collect virtual donations this year!  Scroll down to learn more about the history of Scouting for Food and why it is so important. 

When does this happen?

The official recommended collection day for Chief Seattle Council is March 27, 2021.  This date was selected with the idea that we want to help neighborhood food banks fill their shelves at a time of year when needs are high and supplies are low.  However, if this date does not work for your group, you can choose another date any time throughout the year that works better with your schedule.

How does it work this year?

Virtual Food Drive:

The virtual food drive option allows you to collect monetary donations in place of actual food.  Scouts choose a day (usually a Saturday) to go out and leave door hangers on people’s doors in the neighborhood assigned to your unit.  Your unit can use the template below to print the doorhangers.  The door hangers will include a “grocery list” with food staples and the cost of each item so that people can choose to donate the amount equal to the food that they would have otherwise donated.  All donations will go to Northwest Harvest and the fundraiser will be run through GoFundMe Charity.

Use the form below to sign up your unit, and don’t forget to come back and tell us how you did so that your unit can receive credit- and a ribbon!

Units are responsible for printing their own flyers.

 

Physical Food Drive: 

Scouts choose a day (usually a Saturday) to go out and leave door hangers on people’s doors in the neighborhood assigned to your unit.  Your unit can use the template below to print the doorhangers.  The next week, your unit will go back to the same area and look for food bags on the door steps or at the end of driveways and collect them to bring them to your local food bank.  If you choose to do a physical food drive, please make sure to call your food bank ahead of time to make sure that they are able to collect physical donations- you may also want to let them know when you plan to bring the food by so that they can be prepared.  

Use the form below to sign up your unit, and don’t forget to come back and tell us how you did so that your unit can receive credit- and a ribbon!

Units are responsible for printing their own flyers.  There may be some available at the council office- email your District Executive to confirm.

Safety:  In order to ensure that we conduct safe food drives this year, please follow the below guidelines when stopping at people’s houses, regardless of whether you do a virtual food drive or a physical food drive:

  • Only one household per vehicle- assign each household to a street (or side of a street) or set of blocks when dropping off flyers and picking up food in order to avoid mixing pods
  • Participants should wear masks at all times when not in their family vehicle
  • Wash hands frequently throughout the day
  • If collecting physical donations, families should either take the donations that they collect directly to the food bank.  If your unit decides to have one person take all donations to the food bank, they should collect the donations from families’ cars while the family stays inside the vehicle
  • Don’t forget to wear your uniform! 

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