More than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers annually help the needy as they collect approximately 2 million cans of food during the Scouting for Food drive, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors. The Greater St. Louis Area Council collected more than 47 million cans of food during the 28th-year history of the drive.
Scouts in the St. Louis area take donations to fire stations where Scout leaders sort and box the food. Sunset Transportation Inc. of Sunset Hills provides vehicles, equipment, volunteer drivers and solicit the assistance of additional volunteers from trucking companies. Sunset Transportation coordinates all logistics for the food collection, which involves transporting boxed food from more than 40 area fire stations to the St. Louis Area Food Bank. The Food Bank distributes the canned goods to more than 500 area food pantries throughout eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois.
Scouting for Food is the BSA's largest one-day food drive, raising 20 to 30 percent of area food pantries' yearly supply and feeding the hungry in the community for three months.
The campaign is launched on "Bag Distribution Day" when Scouts distribute plastic bags to residences. The Scouts return to residences on the following week, "Bag Collection Day," to retrieve the bags filled with donated non-perishable items.
In the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, the items are boxed and sent to the St. Louis Area Foodbank for distribution. Outside of the city and county, the donated items are distributed directly to pantries.
Within 48 hours of the Scouts' collection, donations are on pantry shelves ready to feed the hungry.
Donations Are Necessary, Nutritious Donations Are Needed
Make Scouting for Food canned good contribution for other families based on what you would choose for your own. Healthy, nutritious meals are especially important for the proper development of children. Children under age 18 comprise 36.6 percent of those served by the St. Louis Area Food Bank. To help you determine the most nutritious food to purchase for Scouting for Food, we've created the Perfect Bag
Drive Safe and Slow, Scouts Are on the Go
With thousands of Scouting for Food participants canvassing neighborhoods, both Scouts and drivers alike are reminded to exercise caution. Motorists should be careful when backing out of driveways and reduce speeds by 5 to 10 miles per hour while traveling in subdivisions.