Scouting for Food is the annual food-collection drive run by the Denver Area Council. It’s another reminder to our local communities that Scouts are here, doing good turns. Scouting for Food takes place on two consecutive weekends. On the first weekend (November 5, 6 & 7), Scouts distribute door hangers to let their neighbors know about the drive. On the Saturday following (November 13), Scouts revisit those homes to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice, and other nonperishable items. The food is delivered to needy families throughout the council’s borders through our partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies and relationships Troops and Packs have with their Chartered Partners or other local food pantries.
Due to the ongoing Pandemic, Scouting for Food will continue to look and feel a bit different this year. Our longtime partner, 9Cares Colorado Shares will not be hosting centralized drop-off locations throughout the community. Individual Units wishing to participate in Scouting for Food will need to find a local food pantry and make unit-specific plans to drop off the collected food. A list of participating food panties/banks will be posted on the Denver Area Council website. In addition, the Denver Area Council will be hosting a collection site at Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point (10455 W 6th Avenue) on Saturday, November 13 from 9 AM until 3 PM to provide units with assistance in getting the collected food to the needy families.
· Register your unit to participate in “Scouting for Food” below and order your door hangers by Wednesday, October 20th.
· Door Hangers will be distributed at your district’s November roundtable meetings during the first week of November.
· Door Hanger distribution by participating units (November 5, 6, 7)
· Scouting for Food collection day Saturday, November 13, 2021
Due to the pandemic and extended production times the Denver Area Council has already placed the order for door hangers. We believe that the Denver Area Council will have enough door hangers on hand to support the efforts and pack in their Scouting for Food eThe will be made available to units on a first come – first serve basis. Please be considerate, and don’t order more than you can realistically use.
Alternatively, you may print your own door hangers using the links below.
Each unit committee, and family participating in Scouting for Food needs to determine if participating in Scouting for Food is a good fit for their unit and membership. The unit committee should review the Restart Scouting Checklist and establish protocols and procedures for your unit.
Scouting for Food will be de-centralized and units will be making specific arrangements with local food pantries in their specific communities to find a receiving agency for the food they collect using this site. If a unit has a chartering organization or knows of an organization that would benefit from receiving the collected food, you are more than welcome to make individual arrangements to deliver the food. We are asking units on the Western Slope to choose a local foodbank or pantry to donate to.
Our traditional partners in Scouting for Food are not hosting a physical food collection drive again this year. Scouting for Food will be de-centralized and units should make specific arrangements with a local food pantry in their specific community to find a receiving food agency for the food that they collect. Units should track the total number of food items collected and the number of participating Scouts to include on their Scouting for Food report before delivering it to their receiving organization, which they can find using this site.
If a unit has a charter organization or knows of an organization that would benefit from receiving the collected food feel free to make arrangements to deliver the food. For units in the Denver Metro Area, Colorado Adventure Point at the Hamilton Scout Headquarters will be serving as a collection point and will be accepting donated food from 8 AM to 4 PM.
Each unit should select a Scouting for Food Coordinator and begin planning for a successful food drive.
Participating units should track the total number of food items collected and the number of participating Scouts to include on their Scouting for Food report before deliver to the receiving organization. Please don’t forget to track your service hours using the website below.
Don’t forget to track your service hours using the Internet Advancement website!