Community Service Month – April 2020

April 2020 Designated as Community Service Month

April of 2020 has been designated as Community Service Month. Let’s show our communities that Scouting cares! It is this simple. Pick a project and go do it! It could be anything that you feel your community needs – a food drive for the local food pantry, a cleanup of the local park, etc.

We would be interested in hearing what your project will be and how it went. Please send us a description of your project and some pictures and we will put those on our website! Just send it to Gregg Bennett.

Scouting for Food Information

“Scouting for Food” is Scouting’s community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in the community in which we live and work. Scouting for Food is a food collection effort carried out by Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Cub Scouts from your community. Food drives can be organized at the district level or by each individual unit as needed. Scouts distribute food drive donation requests (flyers) throughout a designated area and then return to collectthe donated food. The bags are collected and carried to local food pantries, churches, shelters for the homeless, and other local agencies that feed the needy.

Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement. Through initiative and hard work, the Boy Scouts have developed a framework that can help local food pantries feed tens of thousands of needy local residents with emergency aid. It is up to the people of your community to make Scouting for Food a success. The Scouting for Food Campaign will continue to bring Scout units closer to their Chartered Organizations and communities by focusing their food campaign efforts on a pantry in their immediate area, possibly associated with their own Chartered Organization. The campaign is flexible and units may schedule their campaign at a time convenient for their members and based on the needs of their local pantry.

The mechanics of the campaign are open-ended. Units may do more than one food drive and are encouraged to match their food drive(s) to the needs of their local food pantries. Units may elect to use food bags provided by a local grocer (although from a sustainability perspective, we encourage the donor to recycle their grocery own bag),or develop a campaign strategy best suited to their membership and abilities.

A Scouting for Food generic flyer can be used to inform people of when your unit will be picking up the food.