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?
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.
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.
Volunteer for Scouting for Food
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.