Scouting for Food

Each night children and families go to bed hungry.   A Scout who helps those in need will develop kindness, compassion and a lifetime need to make a difference in the world.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

An annual tradition since 1986, Scouting for Food rallies Scouts across the nation to collect food for local food banks. 

Cascade Pacific Council Scouts will hit the streets on the first Saturday in December between 9 AM - 2 PM to collect food for the hungry and provide it to specific local food banks throughout the greater Northwest. 

In Clark County and Cowlitz County, Washington, the entire community gathers for a Walk and Knock. Here the newspaper distributes the bags and Scouts and community members go door to door asking for donations of food.

How to participate:

First Visit: Scouts drop off a Scouting for Food bag at least one week before the first Saturday in December. The bag asks residents to fill the bag with non-perishable foods, or items and leave it on their porch on the first Saturday in December to be picked up in observance of Scouting for Food Day.

Second Visit: On the first Saturday in December, Scouts visit neighborhoods with extra bags, or boxes to collect items placed on porches. If the resident has not placed a bag or box on the front porch, Scouts knock on the door and ask to see if they have any non-perishable food or items to donate.

Scouting for Food Registration

Register with your District’s Scouting For Food Chair or your District Executive to get your geographic area and drop-site information.

Click here for Drop Sites by district

Click Here to Record Service Hours

Click Here to Order Segments Online
Scouts receive a Scouting for Food segment for participating. Click the link above to submit your Scouting for Food segment request online. Segments will be mailed to the main contact provided. You may also submit a paper form to the Council office.

What can be donated:

In addition to canned foods, Scouts will be happy to accept the following items: 

  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Toothpaste (all ages)
  • Toothbrushes (med/soft)
  • Deodorant (antiperspirant)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissue
  • Wipes (hypo-allergenic)
  • Razors
  • Q-Tips
  • Soap
  • Bandages
  • Combs/Brushes/Picks
  • Feminine Hygiene Items
  • First-Aid Supplies
  • Laundry Soap

Tips to remember for Scouts going door-to-door:

  • Use the buddy system and be safety conscious.
  • Never enter a house that is not yours.
  • Scouts are never to ride in the back of pick-ups.
  • Always wear safety belts while riding in a vehicle.
  • Always make sure you are accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear your Scout uniform.
  • Be friendly and courteous to everyone you meet.
  • Remember to thank people even if they don't contribute.
  • Never start before 8:30AM to avoid waking up residents.

District Contacts 

Each district has a Scouting for Food Chairperson who has obtained local drop sites for scouts to deliver the collected food and care items right in their own hometown. Please feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns regarding the process

Information coming Fall 2020