Our Scouting for Food event starts this Saturday. Your scout should have heard about this from their den leader tonight.
What is Scouting for Food? It is an annual BSA event that our Packs participate in where food and toiletry items are collected and then delivered to a local food bank. This is a rewarding community service project for the boys and something that they all can easily participate in regardless of age. We will need at least a 2:1 ratio of kids to adults to work with the boys using the buddy system. The boys need to wear their uniform for this event.
The 2009 Scouting for Food event is Saturday March 14th and Saturday March 21st.
On Saturday March 14th (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), meet at Rodgers Park upper play area (NW corner 1st Ave. W. & Raye St.) at 9:00 a.m. for safety & logistics briefing, maps, buddy assignments and door hangars. The Queen Anne scouts walk assigned routes in the neighborhood and place door hangers on homes that explain hunger and kindly asking for food and toiletries to be left out on their porches before 9:00 a.m. the following Saturday, March 21st. If a scout is unable to attend on March 15th, and would still like to participate in distributing door hangers, this can be arranged as long as there are still streets we need covered and if the door hangars can be distributed by you and your scout by Wednesday, March 18th.
On Saturday March 21st from 9 am to noon, the scouts will walk the neighborhood again and gather the food and toiletry donations. We will again gather at Rodgers Park at 9 A.M. where neighborhood areas will be assigned and a buddy system established. The collected donations will be transported back to Rodgers Park (yes, we'll need some volunteer cars to follow the boys on their routes) to be consolidated, weighed, and delivered to both the Ballard Food Bank and the Queen Anne Helpline.
You need not be able to participate in both Saturdays for Scouting for Food; either or both is fine – they are both fun so we hope you can make time for both!
The 2008 food drive brought in 700 pounds of donations. Our goal for this year is to exceed 1,000 pounds of donations that can be shared between both the Queen Anne Helpline and Ballard Food Bank. These food banks are especially in need this year to help hundreds of local households make ends meet as a result of the current economic situation.
John Hogan (parent of Wolf, Andrew Hogan) is the scout parent in charge of our 2009 Scouting for Food Campaign so please contact him directly if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 547-0985.