Pack 536 and Troop 824 of Ridgeline Academy gathering collections before delivery to the food bank!
Scouting for Food
February 1st, 2020
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 pproximately 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.
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!
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
245 S. Nina Dr. Mesa, AZ
Please submit this form to Melissa at to request collection boxes and crates.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – 602-242-3663
Phoenix - 2831 N. 31st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85009
Surprise - 13050 W Elm St, Surprise, AZ 85378
Flagstaff - 201 E Birch Ave #14, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Please contact St. Mary’s Alliance to request collection boxes and crates.
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
Door Hanger/flyer Word doc
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.