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A Council-wide Service Project in 2021 Serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

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Please support Scouting For Food, a community-wide food drive conducted by the Dan Beard Council, BSA. Your direct donation to the Freestore Foodbank will help continue our mission of feeding the community’s hungry during this unsettling time. $5 could buy 15 cans of soup. $10 could buy 14 boxes of oatmeal. $25 could buy 17 5-oz cans of tuna. $50 could buy 100 boxes of whole grain pasta. $100 could buy 80 18-oz jars of peanut butter.

Individuals can contribute virtually to Scouting for Food by texting SCOUT4FOOD to (833) 709-0969 or click the button below:
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Dan Beard Council & Freestore Foodbank are Scouting for Food!

Help other people at all times. It’s not enough to recite those words from the Scout Oath. We are called to put them into action.

In that spirit, the Dan Beard Council is partnering with the Freestore Foodbank to launch Scouting for Food, a Council-wide service project that will collect food for those in need across the Dan Beard Council service area in the fall of 2021.

Answering this call for help could not be more urgent. According to the Freestore Foodbank, one in seven of our neighbors in the Tri-State area is at risk of hunger.

“During this time of unparalleled need in our community, it is wonderful to see new partnerships emerge to join Freestore Foodbank in the fight to create a hunger-free, healthy and thriving community,” said Kurt Reiber, president and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank. “We want to thank the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Scouts and their leaders for collaborating with our team on their inaugural Scouting for Food event.”

How does Scouting for Food Work?

step 1

On Saturday of November 6, 2021, Packs, Troops and Posts will fan out across their local neighborhoods, circulating flyers asking for non-perishable food donations.

step 2

On the following Saturday, November 13, 2021, units will return to the homes where flyers were placed to collect the donations, which then will be dropped off at food pantries and Freestore Foodbank affiliated agencies in the units’ home district.

Scouting for Food Flyers for Participating Units

Flyers are now available for units to pick up at the Scout Achievement Center (10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241) OR from your district’s Scouting For Food Coordinator if you’ve made arrangements for pick-up in your district.

Scouting For Food district coordinators:

NOTE: Please determine how many flyers you need based on your unit’s size and the number of homes you plan on distributing to. Our rule of thumb: 25 flyers per Cub Scout; 35-40 per Scout 11 and older and adult Scouters. 

Scouting for Food FAQ for Participating Units

A: We are asking units to cover as many houses as they are able to with the number of Scouts they have available. (The rule of thumb is 25 homes for Cub Scouts and 35 for Scouts older than 11 and adult leaders.) You determine how big of an area to cover, and it’s not necessary to hit every home in a neighborhood. The important thing is that you return to the homes where flyers were distributed to collect food. We don’t want to leave food sitting on the doorstep!

A: No. In fact, due to COVID-19 safety precautions we discourage that. The flyers should be placed in the screen door, partially under a welcome mat or rolled up and inserted into a door handle. The flyers will explain in detail how people can Support Scouting for Food. (A sample of the flyer will be uploaded soon.)

A: Absolutely! Be creative! In addition to collecting food from homes in our community, we encourage you to enlist the help of your charter organization. For example, if you are chartered by a church, invite the congregation to collect food the Sunday prior to Scouting for Food and include those donations with the food you to take to your district drop-off site. Not only will this increase collections, it also will engages our charter organizations in a meaningful way that lets them see our Scouts giving back to the community.

Refer to the list of drop-off locations in your district listed under Scouting for Food Resources or click here. Pick the one closest to you. Residents will be asked via the flyer to have their donations ready for pickup by 9 a.m. Saturday morning (Nov. 13). Drop-off locations will be staffed and ready for your collected donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A: Absolutely! Let’s show our neighbors what Scouting is all about. 

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Scouting for Food Drive Community Service Group

Scouting for Food, first launched by the Greater St. Louis Area Council in 1985, has been adopted by Councils across the country. Longtime Scouters in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will recall a similar service project in Dan Beard Council, the United Food and Clothing Drive held in the 1980’s.

“It’s exciting that we are mobilizing on a Council-wide service project that truly exemplifies one of the key tenets of Scouting – service to others,” said Beryl Love, Scouting for Food chair and editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “My hope is that each and every unit will step forward so we can have the greatest impact possible.”

Beryl Love, Scouting for Food Chair and Editor of Cincinnati Enquirer, is seeking volunteers from each district to serve on the Scouting for Food committee. If interested, please email him at bwlove@mac.com.

Scouting for Food Resources

Thank You to Our Sponsored Partners

Questions? Please reach out to Michelle Byrne at michelle.byrne@scouting.org.