Scouting For Food is Scheduled for March 25th 2023. Sign up Now!
Can’t do March 25th? No problem! Your unit can participate in Scouting for Food at any point during the year. March 25th is simply a recommended date, not a required one. Sign up your unit below to get started!
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.
Some food banks have stopped collecting physical donations, so make sure to call ahead to make sure that your chosen food bank can take your donations. 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 25th, 2023. We focus on March because 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?
Physical Food Drive (no hangers):
Scouts choose a day (usually a Saturday) to go out and knock on people’s doors to ask for food donations. Once the food has been collected, you can take it to your local food bank. 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.
Physical Food Drive (with hangers):
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. 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!
Other ways to participate:
Food Bank Farm- While going door to door and asking for donations is a fun, traditional way to participate in Scouting for Food, it isn’t the only way! Any activity or service project that helps to provide food to food banks and those experiencing food insecurity in our community counts as a Scouting for Food activity.