Scouting for Food
February 1st, 2020
Pack 531 and Troop 513 combined Scout Sunday with Scouting for Food in 2019! Scouts promoted the campaign at services the week before, and collected outside the next Sunday!
"We view Scouting for Food as a way to teach the Scouts selling skills. The thrill of getting donations is the immediate payback and helping the unfortunate is the long term, more meaningful payback."
- Michael Stewart, Troop 283 Asst. Scout Master
"Most Scout stakeholders think Scouting For Food only serves the disadvantaged community by providing some food relief, yet there is more.
Over the years, we have come to find that residents in the neighborhoods from which we collect actively look forward to the Scouting For Food drive. Supporting Scouting for Food is an easy way for the community to help out, and it leaves the residents feeling good for having done something for others.
Scouting For Food is a win-win in that not only serves those in need, but results in residents associating Scouting with the good feeling they get from doing something kind. Such a positive public relationship is invaluable to Scouting."
- David Hutchison, Troop 616 Scoutmaster
One in six Arizonans and one in four Arizona youth are affected by food insecurity, meaning that they lack access to food and/or are unable to feed the entire household on a daily basis. Each spring, once the holiday season wraps to a close, Arizona food banks face their lowest rates of donations from the community.
Let's show Arizona that Scouts can make a difference!
Scouting for Food is an opportunity for Scouts throughout the Grand Canyon Council fight hunger in our communities. Scouting for Food is the leading service program for Boy Scouts of America and is a part of the national BSA program - Good Turn for America.
In partnership with local food banks, this council-wide service project will beginning January as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts will return on the first Saturday of February to collect donations and deliver them to their local food banks and pantries.
We would love for each and every Scout in Arizona to lead by example and do their best to combat food insecurities. Our goal is to collect 20 pounds of food, or approximately 23 cans of food, per scout. This goal would allow Scouts to provide 250,000 pounds of food to those in need! To aid in achieving success, we have provided a tool kit of resources at the bottom of this page to assist unit leaders and scouts in running an efficient, easy, and successful campaign!
For questions or concerns, please contact:
Carolyn Brandenberger - Scouting for Food Chair
Partnering Food Banks
These food banks can redistribute their food to efficiently serve smaller food pantries across the state, as not every one of the smaller pantries are able to accept all food types. We recommend delivering your donations to these major distribution sites as they will be best prepared to receive large donations and redistribute. If your pack or troop is far from these locations, you are welcomed to contact local food pantries, which you can find through the link in the red box below.
Please be sure to contact your choice food bank during your planning stages to confirm when they are available to receive donations, as some food banks and parties are not open on the weekends and may require delivery during the week days. Many of these major food banks can also provide boxes and crates to aide you in your collections and transportation of food items.
United Food Bank – 480-926-4897
NEW ADDRESS - 358 E Javelina Ave, Mesa AZ 85210
UFB will be open to receive collections from 10am-2pm on Feb. 1st!
You may request food bins and pallets from United Food Bank to aid with sorting, organizing, and delivering your collections, or even set up a collections box at your chartered organization!
Click here for details on picking up pallets and making your delivery at the new United Food Bank location!
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – 602-242-3663
Phoenix - 2831 N. 31st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85009
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Surprise - 13050 W Elm St, Surprise, AZ 85378
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please contact St. Mary’s Alliance to request collection boxes and crates to aid in your collections!
The Scouting for Food Donor Number is DN5717. Please make sure that all boxes that are dropped off to our warehouse have this number labeled on them. This will ensure that all Scout food gets tracked in the SFF account!
Yuma Community Food Bank – 928-343-1243
2404 E 24th St, Yuma, AZ 85365
Contact United Food Bank to request collection boxes and crates.
Scouting For Food Toolkit
New to 2020 - The door hanger/flyer may be customized so that units may input their own contact and recruitment information and print out flyers accordingly. After feedback from units in prior years, Council will not be printing flyers for units so that the units may adjust their collection date, add contact information, or include recruitment information.
Once you have completed your Scouting for Food campaign, please report your total hours, pounds of food collected, and the number of youth participating so that we can provide patches!
Patches will be available to those who submit their service information on Feb. 15th, at the Grand Canyon Council Service Center, and will be delivered to March Round Tables.