The Need is Now
The Scouting for Food Drive began as a National Good Turn in 1988 and the tradition continues every year at the Garden State Council!
The food drive, which collects non-perishable items, provides much needed resources to help fight hunger in our communities. One out of five children and one out of every twelve households with seniors go hungry in New Jersey. In New Jersey alone, 900,000 people rely on food banks just to survive.
All Scouting units are encouraged to participate in the annual Scouting for Food Drive community service initiative.
Spread the Word
Units distribute Scouting for Food collection bags to the households in their community on the second weekend in November.
They can spread the word through their Unit social media accounts and other community channels to spread the word about the need for food and paper product donations. Post your pics and tag @GardenStateBSA and use the hashtag #GardenStateScoutsHelp. Show South Jersey the love our Scouting community can provide!
Then, Scouts return the following week to collect the donations, sort through to eliminate expired food, and donate the good stuff to your local food pantry.
During this process, Scout units should track:
- Number of registered and non-registered youth and adults volunteering, and for how many hours;
- The food pantry or organization receiving your donations;
- The number of items you donate; and the total number of service hours (number of hours multiplied by the number of volunteers).
Thank you to our Springtime Sponsors
Thank you to the awesome community sponsors who helped make our special COVID-19 edition of Scouting for Food possible!