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Scouts Help Feed Families In Need This Holiday Season

The generous support from the community makes the work of Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano possible.  What we ask is quite straightforward; we need people to donate food, give volunteer time or donate money.  By combining those three things together, in different amounts from different people, we distributed over twenty million pounds of food to people in need last year. The amazing thing for me is the creative ways people find to tie their personal style to helping us in our work.

For example, part of being a Boy Scout is doing a “good turn”.   Boy Scouts know that they have a responsibility to improve their community, so the national organization endorses the Scouting for Food drive.  Scout troops reach out to their neighbors, placing door hangers on people’s front doors.  They come back the following week, picking up bags of food the community wants to share.  Scouting for Food is an incredible one-day effort, brings the Food Bank over 130,000 pounds of food.  Coming in the middle of November, this donated food gives us a perfect start providing food donations to the charities preparing to distribute holiday baskets.

Behind the volunteer work the Scout troops are doing, the Food Bank provides the support they need to succeed.  Scout troops pick up the food donations with their parents on Saturday, November 15 and they return it to a central location (usually a church or school parking lot) where the Food Bank has placed bins to collect the food.  Scout troops are at those locations as well, overseeing the consolidation of the donations.  Food comes in to these collections sites all day, and then the Food Bank trucks pick food up and bring it back to our warehouse.

Scouting for Food brings in more than three trailer loads of food which we need to distribute quickly.  Volunteers from corporations, service clubs, faith communities (and even some Scout troops) come to our warehouse to help sort the donations we have received.  Volunteers sort the food into seventeen different categories, putting things like peanut butter, tuna, canned fruit and canned vegetables in separate boxes.  With this sorting done, Food Bank partner agencies receive the food they need to help the people they feed during the holidays.

The effort involved in getting the food from Scouting for Food into the hands of hungry people is done mostly by volunteers.  Volunteer Scouts collect the food and we help by transporting what they have raised.  Community volunteers come to our warehouse to sort the food.  Staff members roll bins of unsorted food into the sorting room so volunteers can prepare it for the volunteer-run agencies that provide food to those in need. These incredible volunteers enable us to supply millions of pounds of donated food to a community in need.

 

 

Boy Scouts Go Door-to-Door to Collect Food for Food Banks

One of the nation’s largest single-day food drives takes place this Saturday, Nov. 19, when Boy Scouts will go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food for local food banks.

In the Bay Area, more than 40,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their supporters will be “Scouting For Food” by picking up boxed or bagged non-perishable food placed on doorsteps by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

Residences on the Scouts’ collection routes have received a door-hanger promoting the drive on Nov. 12. Residents who did not receive a door-hanger are not on a collection route, but they can still contribute by dropping off donations on November 19 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at either Food Bank warehouse or at any of the locations listed at www.bayareahunger.org.

“Through the Scouting for Food food drive, Bay Area Boy Scouts are helping food banks feed our neighbors in need,” said Larry Sly, executive director of the Food Bank. “By reaching out to their neighbors, Boy Scouts continue to make a difference in their community. ”

Last year the drive brought in more than 143,000 pounds of food in Contra Costa and Solano counties. In the Bay Area, the Scouts’ goal is to collect 500,000 pounds of food this year.

“We can take substantial steps toward ending hunger by working together,” said Tim Buchen of the San Francisco Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. “But even with 40,000 Scouts on collection routes, we can’t hit every doorstep. So it’s critical that people help us out by dropping off food at their local site.”

Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Lucky, FoodMaxx, Mi Pueblo Food Center and Berkeley Bowl locations throughout the Bay Area have in-store barrels to accept donations for Bay Area food banks throughout the holiday season.

Cub Scout and Boy Scout Day

On Sunday October 2, over 120 cub scouts, boy scouts and leaders attended our 1st Cub Scout and Boy Scout Day at the Food Bank. We created this special day to educate the scouts on why their November food drive, Scouting for Food, is so important and what happens to the food after the scouts pick it up from the doorsteps of houses all over our community.

The scouts had a tour of the warehouse including walking into our cooler (drive in refrigerator), the freezer and seeing all of the pallets of food ready for distribution, not to mention the empty barrels waiting to go out for the holidays. Next they played the “Wheel of Life” where they learned about why people need help with food due to various circumstances in their life (loss of job, car breaks down, animal is sick and many other reasons why money is diverted away from purchasing food for the family). They also had the opportunity to make banners for their Scouting for Food food drive sites on November 19. The most popular part of the day (other than the freezer) was boxing all of the plums which were bound for many, many people in need in our community.

Thank you cub scouts and boy scouts for making this day very special for us at the Food Bank. We look forward to Scouting for Food on Saturday November 19 when you will bring thousands of pounds of food back to the Food Bank. To our community, there will be hundreds of scouts picking up food from doorsteps. If you see a supercharged scout, you can bet he was at the Food Bank and learned more about hunger and how he can make a difference!