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
- 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
- In 2001, Scouts collected 494,698 pounds of
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
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
Is the food drive really needed?
- One out of 18 Minnesotans still use food
- Children comprise half of the food shelf
- 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
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.
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