Scouting for Food
Each November, Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and leaders of the Goose Creek District of the National Capital Area Council take to the neighborhoods of Loudoun County in support of Scouting for Food. The mission of the service project is to collect food items that will be given to families needing assistance within their local communities. Over the last decade Scouts have realized a substantial increase in collections in Loudoun County – there has been a 300% increase in food donation and delivery since 2001.
Started in 1988, the Scouting for Food project is Scouting’s “Good Turn” to the community. It is responding to the ever-increasing demand for basic needs assistance. Collecting a large stock of non-perishable food goes a long way to meeting the emergency food requirements of local agencies, not only during the holiday season, but well into next year. To make the food drive a success, Scouts not only go door-to-door collecting food: they understand that their job is not over when they finish collecting the food. Many Scouts log additional community service hours working in the collection sites, unloading vehicles and bags, and sorting the food donations. At some of the donation sites food is repackaged within a week for distribution to their clients – no small task considering the large volume of food collected.
Scouting for Food contact: Brad Scales