By Community Submission
Feb 07, 2015

Scouting for Food—Service with a Broad Purpose

SSfFScouting for Food, which will be held on March 21st this year, celebrates the 28th anniversary of the three local Scout Councils working with Utah Food Bank to Fight Hunger Statewide. This important initiative, which includes just about every Scout in the state, comes at a critical time of need when supplies are starting to dwindle after the busy holiday season. Scouting for Food has greatly impacted the estimated 444,000 Utahns struggling with hunger by providing close to 2.5 million pounds of food, the equivalent of over 2 million meals, since 2009 alone.

screenshot_03Donations gathered through this annual food drive benefit emergency food pantries in all 29 counties across the state, so Scouts get the opportunity to help those in their own community who are unsure where their next meal will come from. With 1 in 5 Utah children facing hunger, providing youth the chance to give back to those who could be a classmate, neighbor, or friend makes Scouting for Food all the more impactful on the lives of those who participate.

This year, Utah Food Bank is asking Scouts to join our efforts to minimize waste and “go green” by utilizing Door Hangers as reminders rather than donation bags during the week of March 17th. These door hangers will encourage donors to use any bag they may have at home to donate food. For groups participating in communities with a Smith’s Food & Drug store, donors will also have the option of visiting their local store and contributing at check stands by utilizing a special bar code printed on the door hanger they receive.

scouting-for-food-350Please note that your process will remain the same other than the fact that Scouts will be distributing door hangers in lieu of bags. We strongly encourage participating Scouts to make an effort to directly contact each resident by knocking on every door in an effort to provide more information about this year’s food drive. We believe this personal touch will greatly impact the total food we receive on the day of the food drive. Residents are still encouraged to donate the same types of food as they have in the past: non-perishable food items, especially those high in protein (chili, peanut butter, and canned meats), and items that are low in sugar and sodium.

Utah Food Bank is incredibly grateful to each Scout (along with their families) for such hard work and dedication to this important event. Special thanks as well to the Utah National Guard, local HAM radio operator groups, and transportation groups who help on this important day.

(For an event flyer click here)

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Author:  Heidi Cannella | Communications Specialist Utah Food Bank

Scouting for Food is just one way the Boy Scouts of America works to improve communities across the nation. Scouts are active cleaning up parks, building houses, gathering for the needy, and even helping with disaster preparedness. We need millions of volunteers to provide these opportunities for youth to learn and grow. Call 801.437.622 or visit utahScouts.org to find out how you can help support the Utah National Parks Council, BSA.  Even just a few hours of your time will make a difference.

If you were a Scout, family member of a Scout, BSA volunteer, or just someone who Scouting has positively impacted, we invite you to join. Visit www.BSAalumni.org to learn how!

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