Scouting for Food
Scouting for Food
Everyday, Scouts practice their "Good Turn" efforts by participating in community service. And each April, Scouts continue their Good Turns by helping the food insecure in southwestern Pennsylvania through the Scouting for Food Campaign. This national initiative encourages companies, community organizations, and Scouts to be involved in local community-service initiatives that fight hunger through their participation in annual food drive.
The Scouting for Food Campaign serves food banks throughout Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Greene, Indiana, Somerset and Washington counties. In 2014, the drive saw the addition of two counties in Maryland and four counties in West Virginia. Each year more partnerships arise through the good work of local food banks connecting the Laurel Highlands Council with other food banks and pantries in need of assistance. The purpose of the drive is to collect non-perishable food and household items, or monetary contributions to help the food insecure in our local neighborhood and communities in the Laurel Highlands Council region.
Each year, the Scouting for Food Campaign grows in contributions, but unfortunately, the need to help the food insecure families continues to grow. We encourage our family, friends, and neighbors to become involved by contributing
non-perishable food and household items to local scout units, companies, or organizations participating at the corporate level.
In 2020 we want to support as many food banks and food pantries as possible! This can only take place with the assistance of every unit registered in the Laurel Highlands Council. We encourage all units to select a food bank in their community to deliver thier contributions, but sometimes this isn't always possible. To make this year's campaign just a little easier, we've located 5 intermediate food drop off locations for units and companies to utilize. On Saturday, April 25, 2020 we will be hosting the first ever Laurel Highlands Council Scouting for Food Collection Day! Join us at one of the following 5 locations to drop of your unit's contributions between 10 am and noon. Laurel Highlands Council staff, Food Bank staff, Scouts and Scouter Volunteers will be on hand to collect and repack all contributions.
All units and companies interested in supporting their communities with the 2020 Scouting for Food Campaign can sign up below. Be sure to fill out the entire form so that we have all of your correct information.
On Saturday, April 25, 2020, the following locations will be hosting an intermediate collection site from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please select a location from this list or another food bank or food pantry near you to deliver your Scouting for Food collections. If you already deliver your food contribitions to a specific location, please continue to do so! The council wide collection day will sever as an event to further our message about Scouting for Food.
Animal Friends of Pittsburgh
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne
Greater Washington County Food Bank in Brownsville
Greene County Corner Cupboard in Waynesburg
Beaver County Salvation Army in Beaver Falls.
Scouting for Food Reporting
This year the 2020 Scouting for Food Campaign reporting process will all be done online. To report the amount of food and monetary contributions that your unit receved, please click the scorecard button below.
Please note that to qualify for 2020 Scouting for Food Patches, your unit must report all numbers
NO later than Friday, May 1, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Journey to Excellence Site: Reporting Service Hours
Units are encouraged to report their Scouting for Food collection projects on the Journey to Excellence website. This helps provide the community an accurate report on the great service and dedication our Scouts are showing throughout the Laurel Highlands Council.
Food Pick Up
Each unit, company, and orgaization participating in the Scouting for Food Campaign is responsible for collecting food contributions and arranging for transportation of the food to intermediate collection points or to the selected food bank. In instances where a large volume of food is collected, the food can be picked up at the organization's collection center. However, arrangemetns need to be made with the 2020 Scouting for Food Coordinator.
Although the contributions of food and household products are preferred, monetary donations are also appreciated and will be used to support the Scouting for Food campaign. Please make checks payable the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highalnds Council. If possible please include 2020 SFF in the memo.
Any corporation or organization can set up a Virtual Drive through the GoFundMe Charity Website.
Please contact 2020 Scouting for Food Coordinator, Lyndsay Seibel at 412-325-7926 or email@example.com.