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Scouting For Food

2014 Scouting for Food Patches Form: Coming Soon

Scouting For Food Collects 2.1 Million Food Items

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After a full day collecting bags of donated food on Nov. 16, the 2013 Scouting For Food drive brought in
2,147,027 items of food. It marked the largest collection since 2008 when the drive amassed a record 2,196,237 items of food. READ MORE

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Started in 1985 here in the St. Louis area, Scouting for Food has expanded to other councils across the country.  Did you know more than 47 million items have been collected since 1985?

Each year, our Scouts, leaders, and parents collect approximately two million items that serves approximately 500 pantries within the Greater St. Louis Area Council, which includes the St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri, and southern Illinois. This annual collection meets a four-month demand for food in some areas.

Bag Distribution Day - November 8, 2014
Bag Collection Day - November 15, 2014

For most districts, your unit's collection bags are distributed at October Roundtables. Your district's Scouting for Food participation chairman provides the territory information you will be asked to cover. Please recruit leaders and parents to cover your unit's territory.

Need promotion ideas? How do I mobilize my unit? Check out the Unit Leader Kit (link coming soon) distributed at October leader Roundtables.

To learn more about hunger in our area, visit the St. Louis Food Bank's website,

What items are most needed in our community? See what a "perfect bag" might look like.