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What is Scouting for Food?

  • Scouting for Food is a program of the Boy Scouts of America in cooperation with Hunger Solutions Minnesota and the Emergency Foodshelf Network…
  • Designed to help alleviate the problem of hunger in Minnesota.

What is happening on April 27th?

  • More than 20,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and their volunteer leaders in the greater metro area will…
  • Approach 500,000 homes…
  • Requesting food donations.
  • The food will be delivered to food shelves for distribution to needy families.

How much food will be collected in one day?

  • In 2002, Scouts collected 469,883 pounds of food.
  • In 2001, Scouts collected 494,698 pounds of food.

How can people participate?

  • Be waiting for the knock on your door.
  • Select, in advance, canned goods you wish to donate. (Canned meats, soups, chili, peanut butter, and canned fruits and vegetables are appreciated.)
  • Involve the children in your family in selecting an item (from your cupboard, or at the store) that they think a child their age would like, and add that to the family donation.

If you won't be home on April 27th, how can you

  • Take a donation to a local food shelf yourself.   To locate a near-by food shelf, call Hunger Solutions Minnesota at 651-486-9860.
  • Consider making a cash donation. Funds are needed to help fill out the nutritional complement to gathered foods.   Again, call Hunger Solutions Minnesota at 651-486-9860 for more details about this tax-deductible contribution.

Is the food drive really needed?

  • One out of 18 Minnesotans still use food shelves.
  • Children comprise half of the food shelf recipients
  • Among Minnesota households with children, one in every four reports having to miss meals due to lack of food.
  • The average food shelf recipient uses a food shelf for 4 or 5 days a year.
  • There are 300 food shelves in Minnesota, delivering about 19,000,000 pounds of food and supplies to the needy each year.

In addition to feeding the hungry, 
                  what other goals does this program have?

  • Scouting for Food shows Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts how to put words into action. 
  • The Boy Scout slogan is "Do a good turn daily."
  • Preparation for April 27th includes  meetings where scouts are taught about the problem of hunger in America.
  • Scouting for Food helps youth realize they can help have an impact on community problems.
  • This experience gives young people the chance to feel good about helping others. This value, when learned early in life, can become a life-long pattern.

We want to THANK those people who participate
                   in Scouting for Food on April 27th.

  • They are helping those in need…
  • And they are providing positive reinforcement to 20,000 boys who are learning to help others.

The web site is a legacy site of the Viking Council BSA, now Northern Star Council.  
This site was the original council site and was active from 1996 to 2002 and run by volunteers.  As the web became more important to Scouting, the council took over with paid staff.  This site is no longer maintained but is an interesting snapshot of an early Scouting web site.    You can share your comments
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