DATE CHANGE: 2020 Scouting for Food has been postponed until further notice.
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!
When does this happen?
The official recommended collection day for Chief Seattle Council in the month of May. 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?
Scouts choose a day (usually a Saturday) to go out and knock on doors in their local neighborhoods and ask people if they would like to donate any food to the local food bank (be sure to have your scouts wear their uniforms!). A parent will drive a car behind the scouts, so that when they receive donations, they can put them in the vehicle. Once the collection is done, the food gets taken to your local food bank and weighed. You can report how many pounds of food you collected to Koby McInnis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Please note, if you do plan to do it on March 28th, make sure to contact your district Scouting for Food Chair (see list below) to coordinate with them on where you are collecting the food and when/where you are dropping the food off, so that there are not overlapping collection areas and the food banks are not overwhelmed.
Click SIGN UP button below to let Koby McInnis know the date your Unit will be collecting food.
ALPINE - Eric DePoule
History of Scouting for Food
Between 1983 and 1985, the average number of households seeking emergency food increased by almost 40%. 70% of those seeking help were families with children. Seeing the need, Scouting for Food was born. The first year of collection, 1988, involved 1 million Scouts nationwide collecting 65 million cans of nonperishable food. As the National Good Turn from 1988-1991, Scouting for Food resulted in the largest collection and donation of foodstuffs ever experienced in the United States.
Years ago, Scouting leaders approached food banks to ask when help was most needed. It was discovered that March, in between the more traditional food drive times of Christmas and Easter, is when food banks are at their lowest levels.
Studies indicate that more than 17.6 million American households go hungry at some time every month; these studies also reveal that there are more hungry people in American now than at any time in the last twenty-five years.
Prolonged hunger causes more than just discomfort. Malnutrition can lead to permanent tissue damage and leaves its sufferers-particularly children and the elderly – susceptible to illness and infection.
What is the Answer?
Hunger is a problem we can do something about by working together. Scouting for Food is a starting point. It is an example of our long-standing commitment to community service. Through this project the BSA directly helps meet the needs of the hungry, while exposing its members, particularly youth, to the highest ideals of the Scouting movement through a practical and dramatic experience in the principle of the Good Turn.
The BSA's role is to organize the food collection and make arrangements with established community distribution agencies that will warehouse and distribute the food to the needy at no cost. The emphasis is on nonperishable food most need for nutrition, such as peanut butter, baby formula, complete packaged meals, and such canned goods as tuna, chunky soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Food Banks by District (partial list)
Fall City Community Food Pantry
4326 337th Pl SE
Fall City, WA 98024
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
179 1st Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
Mt. Si Helping Hands Food Bank
122 East 3rd St
North Bend, WA 98045
Des Moines Area Food Bank
22225 9th S, Des Moines, WA 98198
Highline Area Food Bank
18300 4th Ave S, Burien, WA 98116
West Seattle Food Bank
3419 SW Morgan St, Seattle, WA 98126
White Center Food Bank
10829 8th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146
Click here to visit a comprehensive listing
Bremerton Food Line
1600 12th St, Bremerton, WA 98337
Central Kitsap Food Bank
3790 NW Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383
282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Is, WA 98110
26096 W 1st St NE, Kingston, WA 98346
North Kitsap Fishline
18916 3rd Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
North Mason Food Bank
22471 Hwy 3 Belfair, WA 98528
South Kitsap Helpline
1351 Bay St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
HopeLink for Bellevue
14812 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98007
Hope Food Bank
Clallam Bay, WA
Makah Tribal Food Bank
Neah Bay, WA
Port Angeles Food Bank
402 S Valley St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Quilcene Food Bank
294952 US Highway 101, Quilcene, WA
Sequim Food Bank
144 W Alder St, Sequim, WA 98382
Auburn Food Bank
930 18th Pl NE, Auburn, WA 98002
Kent Food Bank
515 W. Harrison St, Ste. #107, Kent, WA 98032
Maple Valley Food Bank
21415 Renton Maple Vly Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA
Renton Salvation Army
206 South Tobin, Renton, WA 98057
16725 Cleveland St., Redmond, WA 98052
11011 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank
17110 140th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
Rainier Valley Food Bank
4205 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118