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Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and its dedication to implement the Scout Slogan and do a good turn daily.[3]

It is an annual program of the Boy Scouts of America that involves collecting for local food banks. This annual drive is held in the month of April with the purpose to collect non-perishable food and household items, or monetary contributions to help feed the hungry in the Scouting units local area.

Originally started in 1985 by the Greater Saint Louis Area Council as a local event. In 1988 the Boy Scouts of America adopted it as a two-year “National Good Turn” food-collection program. Almost 30 years later the program is still going strong, with local Councils continuing the annual service project.

The food drive is held over two consecutive weekend in April, and are determined by the local council. Beginning on the first Saturday, the campaign to request donation to be picked up the following weekend is begun.

On the first weekend, Scouts distribute bags and/or door hangers to let their neighbors know about the drive. On the second, Scouts revisit those houses to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items.

The food collected is then delivered by the units to a common collection point for all units in the area that will deliver it to the local food bank for distribution to those in need.

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