Scouting For Food is Good Turn For America (in 2020)

Cub Scouting collecting food for Scouting For Food

Second Harvest Food Bank is unable to accommodate the Scouting For Food drive this year, due to COVID-19. This means their warehouses will not accept donations of food from the community.

Because of this change, we are excited to announce the
return of “Good Turn for America!” 
During the month of November, units are asked to complete a service project of their choice to benefit their charter organization, their meeting location, or their immediate community. The need across the Peninsula is great right now so be creative and work to fill a need in your community. Some possible ideas include: mask drives, clean-up projects, toy drives, cards for the elderly, cards for service members, food drive for a local pantry, etc. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
 
Be sure to record your service hours in Scoutbook. For non-Scoutbook-using units, record your hours here.
 
We will have a patch available to order at the end of November.

Help provide 15,000 families of four with a delicious and nutritious holiday meal

2 Saturdays in November – One for distributing door hangers, the other for collecting food.

According to a study commissioned by Feeding America, a nationwide association of food banks – 1 in 7 Americans – over 46 million people – rely on a food bank each month.

Through its Scouting for Food program, the Boy Scouts of America has been lending a helping hand for almost 30 years. Locally, Pacific Skyline Council Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers collect over 80,000 lbs. of food annually to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties – enough to provide 15,000 families of four with a delicious and nutritious holiday meal each year.

How you can get involved

“Stake a Claim” in your local neighborhood by contacting your District’s Scouting for Food Coordinator or by attending your District’s October Roundtable. On November 10, put out door hangers in your neighborhood explaining our program to local residents, and then return on November 17 to pick up non-perishable food donations. All donations should be delivered to a food bank collection point or directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos (map).

Door Hangers

Door hangers may be picked up at your District’s November Roundtable meeting – check with your unit leader or with the Council Office for location and more details.

Questions?

Please contact Tom Kenney at thomas.kenney@scouting.org.