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Scouting For Food Unit Collection Tips

Follow these guidelines to help your unit have a succesful Scouitng for Food collection:
  • Your unit should work its assigned territory only.
  • On boundary streets, collect on your side of the street only (unless given other instructions).
  • Skip apartment units with controlled access and "No Solicitation" rules (unless previous arrangements have been made).
  • Do not solicit from grocery stores or other commercial establishments.
  • Collection bags, with instructions to the householder, should be distributed door-to-door on Bag Distribution Day beginning at 9 a.m. 
  • When distributing bags, place them in or on the door. Do not put them in mailboxes. It is unlawful to do so. If you can, place them over the doorknob.
  • Food must be collected on Bag Collection Day beginning at 10 a.m. from the same area where you distributed bags.
  • Food should be turned in to your district collection station(s). 
  • Collection stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be supervised by Scouting personnel.
  • When collecting donations on Bag Collection Day, if nothing is on the doorstep or porch, ask your boys to knock on the door to see if the householder has a donation. 
  • Make a follow-up "run-through" in your area after noon to pick up late donations.
  • Be certain boys are in full uniform, travel in groups of two or more and are adequately supervised. This is especially true for Cub Scouts.
  • If you have any questions, call your district Scouting For Food headquarters.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council will maintain a Scouting for Food headquarters on both days at the MacArthur Boy Scout Service Center. The phone number is 314-361-0600 or 800-392-0895. In addition, each district will maintain a district Scouting For Food headquarters.